There is an outpouring of love for the deceased Washington State quarterback.
Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead last night of an apparent suicide. He was just 21 years old.
Hilinski, who started the Cougars' Holiday Bowl loss to Michigan State, was expected to be the team's full-time starter next fall. He threw for 1,176 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight games this fall.
Hilinski's finest moment occurred when he came off the bench for injured starter Luke Falk and led Wazzu to a 47-44 triple-overtime win over Boise State on Sept. 10. In the win, Hilinski threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns.
News of Hilinski's death not only rocked the Washington State program, but shook the sports world as a whole. Whenever a young person who seemingly has the world ahead of them kills themselves, it is a brutal wake-up call.
While we don't know what led Hilinski to commit suicide. we do know his loss leaves a tremendous void.
Last night and this morning, teammates, coaches and media members took to Twitter to share their memories of Hilinski and offer support to his family and any other people who may be suffering.
Below is just a snippet of what was said.
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We will let you know any more details about Hilinski's death as they are reported. The whole situation is horrible.
If you or someone you love is feeling lost or depressed or just needs someone to talk to, it is more than okay to reach out. Contact a mental health professional or a local suicide hotline if needed.