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Whitman County Coroner Officially Rules On Death Of Tyler Hilinski

Tyler Hilinski celebrates with Renard Bell.

TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Tyler Hilinski #3 of the Washington State Cougars celebrates with wide receiver Renard Bell #81 after running in a one yard touchdown during the second half of the game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

An official ruling has been reached.

The college football world was rocked earlier this week. A rising star in the Pac-12 died on Tuesday.

Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski passed away earlier this week. Hilinski, the expected starter for the Cougars in 2018, was found dead from an apparent suicide on Tuesday afternoon.

Police were called to his apartment complex after he didn't show up for practice on Tuesday. After entering the premises, police said Hilinski died from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

He was found with a rifle. A suicide note was also present.

Cougars head coach Mike Leach released a statement about Hilinski's passing: “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing. He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

On Thurday, the Whitman County Coroner's office officially ruled on Hilinski's death. The coroner confirmed the manner of death as suicide.

"The cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head" the release from the coroner's office reads. Hilinski was just 21.

Hilinski started for the Cougars at quarterback in the team's bowl game against Michigan State. He was expected to lead Washington State onto the field next season as well.

Our thoughts are with the Hilinski family during this time.