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Former Auburn Player Found Dead In Suspected Suicide

A pylon with the SEC logo on it.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: An 'SEC' logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

A former Auburn Tigers football player was found dead on Wednesday. Suicide is suspected as the cause of death.

Zach Gilbert, 33, was discovered in his apartment on Wednesday. He was living in Birmingham, Ala. on the 2700 block of 11th Avenue South. He died of a single gunshot wound and was pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m, according to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office.

The death remains under investigation. However, police do not suspect any foul play was involved. The gunshot wound is believed to be self-inflicted.

Gilbert played at Auburn from 2003 to 2006. He was a walk-on defensive back and graduated from the school in 2007. Gilbert received a degree in public administration and then attempted to pursue a career in the NFL. He didn't stick in the NFL, so he returned to Auburn to get his MBA.

He graduated with another degree from Auburn in 2011. He had been working as a financial consultant.

Gilbert did an interview with Auburn's athletics site in 2015, speaking about everything that he's gone through.

"There have been difficult times," Gilbert said in 2015. "But I knew that football prepared me for them. It wasn’t an easy task going down to Auburn as a walk-on and not only earning a scholarship but earning respect from coaches and teammates. I believed in myself and the abilities that God blessed me with. It’s the same in this business.

“The main importance in life is your ability to impact others. What type of legacy are you leaving. So now I live my life with a totally different perspective knowing that I have the power to accomplish anything I want to with my priorities being in line.”

Our thoughts are with Gilbert's family and friends. May he rest in peace