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New Details Emerge From Death Of Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski

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The parents of former Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski revealed this morning that their deceased son had CTE. The quarterback committed suicide earlier this year.

Hilinski, a backup quarterback for the Cougars, committed suicide at an apartment on Jan. 16. He took his own life with a gun. An autopsy has been conducted by the Mayo Clinic and according to Hilinski's parents, it revealed he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy at the time of his death.

His parents discussed the news on the Today show.

"It was a shock, to get those results and to find out that he had it," his mother, Kym Hilinski, told Today. "And to realize that the sport that he loved may have contributed to that diagnosis."

Hilinski, who was 21 at the time of his death, apparently had the brain of a 65-year-old man.

"The medical examiner said he had the brain of a 65-year-old," her husband, Mark, said. "He was the sweetest, most outgoing, giving kid. That was difficult to hear."

His parents added that there were no visible signs of Tyler suffering.

Our thoughts continue to be with the Hilinski family. May Tyler rest in peace.