Washington State Quarterback Tyler Hilinski Takes Own Life

Former Washington State QB Drew Bledsoe shares powerful message about suicide prevention

Hilinski, the expected starter for the Cougars in 2018, was found dead from an apparent suicide on Tuesday afternoon.

Former Washington State linebackers coach Roy Manning, who recently left for a position at UCLA, tweeted, "Words can't describe what I'm feeling right now".

Friends and his team member deeply sadden to hear his passing news. "The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family", Leach said in the release. Hilinski also started in the Holiday Bowl on December 28 against Michigan State, throwing for 272 yards and two touchdowns.

WSU officials released statements Tuesday night regarding Hilinski's death.

He played in eight games in the 2017 season, highlighted by the September 9 game where he led the Cougars to a triple-overtime win against Boise State. Bledsoe's son, John, was one of Hilinski's teammates.

Hilinski was a star football player for Upland High in Claremont, Calif., where his family still lives.

"The tragic news today surrounding Tyler Hilinksi is devastating to all".

Hilinski played backup quarterback in seven games in his sophomore year at WSU, and started once. He had not shown up for football practice earlier in the day. There, they were met by campus and department counseling and psychological services, including athletics' on-staff clinical psychologist and a licensed mental health counselor, along with WSU Athletics medical team. "The university will continue to coordinate and provide ongoing counseling care for all student-athletes as along as needed". Those who have suicidal thoughts must know that there are people out there who love them and are willing to help them in times of despair.

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