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WSU quarterback Tyler Hilinski suffered from CTE when he killed himself

WSU quarterback Tyler Hilinski suffered from CTE when he killed himself”

In an interview on the Today Show on Tuesday, Mark and Kym Hilinski said the Mayo Clinic requested to do an autopsy on their son after his death.

At 21 and a big-college quarterback, Tyler Hilinski was living with a damaged brain.

Tyler's parents also participated in a lengthy feature documentary with Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated; the story is tough emotionally but absolutely worth your time.

Tyler's brother, Ryan, is also a talented quarterback and has committed to play at SC in 2019. His parents said in the documentary that it was after Washington State's game against Arizona in October that they noticed a change in his behavior. The autopsy findings showed Stage 1 CTE.

"I'm all bought into football, of course", he said, "and I think Tyler would want me to do the same thing".

Ahead of his death, Tyler was last seen dropping a teammate off at class that morning. The team asked police to check on him when they couldn't reach him by phone. "I don't think so", Hilinski's mother, Kym, said in the SI documentary. In search of answers, the family agreed to send his brain to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. But, they wanted answers.

One of the most depressing stories of the offseason has just gotten worse as the parents of Tyler Hilinski say a study of his brain revealed signs of CTE. She said he'd never shot a gun until the day before he died. Yes, he was quiet.

"Medical examiner said he had the brain of a 65-year-old, which is really hard to take".

There were no verbal signs that the young football player was suffering.

Mark and Kym starting Hilinski's Hope, a non-profit aimed at promotion awareness and education of mental health and wellness for student-athletes. "What we're trying to do for student-athletes is we're trying to fund programs that support them and their mental health", Kym told Kotb.

If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide please call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741 or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional information (via Today).



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