Ohio State fans are waking up to some terrible news on Friday. Former offensive lineman Zach Slagle, who walked on and played for the program from 2006-2008, has passed away. A number of reports suggest that Slagle died by suicide.
Two of Slagle’s former teammates took to Twitter on Thursday to report the news. Kirk Barton shared Slagle’s last Facebook post, which appears to be a suicide note.
In the note, Slagle both apologizes and expresses gratitude for the people in his life. He also includes the hashtag #checkforCTE – which raises many questions.
Jake Ballard, another teammate, has started a GoFundMe for Slagle’s family. It’s all heartbreaking.
Just awful news about former Buckeye Zach Slagle. 2nd teammate from Ohio State to commit suicide. If you are ever down, please get some help. It’s not worth it and people love you 😔 #RIP pic.twitter.com/Z33WVT5rdF
— Kirk Barton (@kirk_barton) August 8, 2019
I'm raising money for Zach Slagle. Buckeye Nation we lost a great one. Please read and do your thing. If you can donate please consider it or at least share. https://t.co/jEGKrQvv9V
— Jake ballard (@TheJakeBallard) August 9, 2019
Ballard shared a nice note on the fundraiser page.
The Ohio State Football Family lost a brother, Zach Slagle passed away last night. Zach Slagle was a rare person. When describing him, most look at his great football career, which included making All-Ohio for Canton McKinley and playing for his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes.
However, that just scratched the surface of who Zach was. Zach was a worker. His summer before enrolling at Ohio State, he worked tirelessly doing four jobs in an effort to save up for his tuition. Once he arrived at OSU, he was a very valuable member of the team and his toughness was very evident. His selflessness and grit helped the team go undefeated in the regular season, and he received his first of 3 pairs of gold pants for beating the University of Michigan.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Slagle’s family and friends.