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Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead of an apparent suicide on Tuesday afternoon.
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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The Whitman County coroner has concluded Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Coroner Peter Martin says Thursday in a press release that the manner of death was suicide.

The full statement reads:

“After completing the scene investigation, to include a detailed forensic examination with toxicology, in the death of Tyler Scott Haun Hilinski, age 21, of Irvine, CA, a student at Washington State University, the Coroner has determined that the decedent died on January 16, 2018, at his residence in Pullman. The cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death was suicide. The Whitman County Coroner’s office extends its condolences to family and friends.”

The 21-year-old Hilinski was discovered in his apartment after he didn’t show up for practice Tuesday. A rifle “was recovered next to Hilinski and a suicide note was found,” according to the Pullman Police Department.

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