SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment Tuesday from an apparent suicide. He was 21.
The redshirt-sophomore quarterback was found dead at the Aspen Village Apartment complex in Pullman around 4:30 p.m. after officers responded to a welfare check when he didn't show up to practice earlier in the day. A suicide note was found in the apartment.
Pullman Police detectives and the Whitman County Coroner's Office are conducting a thorough investigation to confirm the suspected cause and manner of death.
Hiliniski appeared in eight games and made one start for Washington State in 2017. In that start - the Holiday Bowl - Hilinski was 39-for-50 for 272 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
The Claremont, Calif. native arrived on campus in the spring of 2015 and was Luke Falk's backup for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He was heavily favored to be named the starting quarterback for the 2018 season.
The National Suicide Hotline provides free, 24/7 confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. Please call 1-800-273-8255 if you're feeling suicidal.
Please... all @WSUCougars come together for the Hilinski family and the @wsucougfb family. They will need more than thoughts and prayers. They and everyone connected to this will need love and support for the rest of their lives. 🙏🏼 #RIP3 Love you always brother https://t.co/6GX934AmTK— Jason Gesser (@jasongesser) January 17, 2018
There are no words. Thoughts and prayers to his family, all those close to him and anyone struggling with a similar burden. We are here for you... https://t.co/gYnJDDNBrX— Alex Brink (@AlexBrink10) January 17, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hilinski family https://t.co/jvqE7hatvB— Kirk H Schulz (@WSU_Cougar_Pres) January 17, 2018
Fly high 3. 🙏🏽😢 pic.twitter.com/2VLsL964CF— Keith Harrington (@keithy_rice21) January 17, 2018
🙏🏾— Jamal Morrow (@OlBoyJmo) January 17, 2018
Love you forever 3️⃣! Watch over me bro 😢🤞🏾🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/yMygPToKw4— Travell Harris (@_THarris1) January 17, 2018
“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing. He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family” - Coach Leach regarding Tyler Hilinski— WSU Cougar Football (@wsucougfb) January 17, 2018
Coolest guy I ever knew man it hurt me to my hart to know that your gone bro. Rest easy bro pic.twitter.com/A2hEMjog1T— Tavares Martin Jr (@ASAP_561) January 17, 2018
Love you #3— Eric Mele (@CoachMeleWSU) January 17, 2018
Go with God brother
Prayers for the Hilinski family
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Words can’t describe what I’m feeling right now. My heart is beyond saddened. Please pray for the family and all of us affected!— Roy Manning (@CoachRoyM) January 17, 2018
#3Strong 🙏🏽— ⚡️Sean Harper JR⚡️〽️ (@sean2_) January 17, 2018
BESTFRIENDS LIVE FOREVER! 💪🏾💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/JUcIn4kmc5— Kirkland Parker (@Kirkland_Parker) January 17, 2018
AND EVER! pic.twitter.com/0bD3pkmv2u— Kirkland Parker (@Kirkland_Parker) January 17, 2018
REST EASY BROTHER!!🙏🏾❤️— Kirkland Parker (@Kirkland_Parker) January 17, 2018
TY LINSKI🙌🏾💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/phCjvaxmAq