Thursday, it was reported by numerous outlets that former Ohio State lineman Zach Slagle, who played for the program from 2006-2008, had died by suicide. In what amounts to a suicide note left on his Facebook page, he left the hashtag #checkforCTE.
According to The Canton Repository, Slagle’s brain will be tested for CTE by a research center at Boston University. The publication reports that Slagle also left a hand-written suicide note.
After seeing Slagle’s note on Facebook, both his family and the police rushed to his house. Unfortunately, he had already taken his own life when they arrived.
Slagle was a walk-on for the program. One of his former teammates, Jake Ballard, set up a GoFundMe for his family to help pay for funeral costs.
Former McKinley football standout Zach Slagle, who walked on at Ohio State, was found dead Thursday morning. Slagle made mentioned of CTE in a social media prior to taking his life and his brain is being sent to Boston University to be tested for CTE. https://t.co/OIyGLwMb1u
— CantonRep.com (@CantonRepdotcom) August 9, 2019
CTE, which stands for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, is a brain disease that results in symptoms that include memory loss, mood problems, dementia and potentially suicidal thoughts. The disease is caused by repeated head trauma.
Hopefully, the decision to lend Slagle’s brain for research will help scientists understand the disease better.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Slagle’s family and friends during this time.