The Whitman County Coroner has completed its forensic examination of WSU QB Tyler Hilinski, who was found dead in his apartment on Tuesday.
PULLMAN — The death of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski has officially been ruled a suicide, the Whitman County Coroner’s office confirmed in a news release issued Thursday afternoon.
Warning signs of suicideIf you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or have concerns about someone else who may be, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will be routed to a local crisis center where professionals can talk you through a risk assessment and provide resources in your community. The more of the signs below that a person shows, the greater the risk of suicide.
- Talking about wanting to die
- Looking for a way to kill oneself
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
Hilinski, 21, was found dead in his apartment in Pullman on Tuesday afternoon with a gunshot wound to the head. A rifle and a suicide note were also found in the apartment.
According to the coroner’s news release, Whitman County Coroner Pete Martin confirmed that the cause of Hilinski’s death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and that the “manner of death” was suicide.
The release also stated that the coroner’s office had concluded a “scene investigation” that included a “detailed forensic examination with toxicology.”
Hilinski, a native of Claremont, Calif., played in eight games for WSU this season and made his first career start in WSU’s Holiday Bowl game against Michigan State. With the graduation of Luke Falk, Hilinski was the front-runner to earn WSU’s starting quarterback job going into the 2018 season.