Washington State Cougars quarterback Tyler Hilinski (3) back to pass in the first half of the Holiday Bowl played against the Michigan State Spartans, on December 28, 2017, played at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, CA.
The WSU community is mourning the loss of student and Cougar quarterback Tyler Hilinski. He will serve a two-year term. Officers found him dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
'Hilinski, who was 25-of-33 for 240 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception in the game, was mobbed by WSU fans who rushed the field and lifted the redshirt sophomore into the air and carried him off the field, ' reported.
Washington State head coach Mike Leach issued a statement after learning of Hilinski's death.
Hilinski is from Claremont, Calif, and went to high school at nearby Upland.
Friends and his team member deeply sadden to hear his passing news.
Coroner's office has officially ruled Tyler Hilinski's death a suicide, it announced Thursday.
"The tragic news today surrounding Tyler Hilinski is devastating to all".
Former Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf, who himself has battled demons in his life, encapsulated much of what many expressed on social media in a tweet late Tuesday: "I'm so f-ing angry, I can't stop crying".
In the release, Johnson said the team was gathered and informed of the news, and counseling and mental health services have been provided to the players.
The National Suicide Hotline provides free, confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources.