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Coroner: Exam will look at brain of Ohio State player

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Kosta Karageorge - Missing Ohio State Player - updated 11/30
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Coroner: Exam will look at brain of Ohio State player
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The OSU football team has arrived at the funeral service for Kosta Karageorge. http://t.co/ILdb3j2pYx
This photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 and provided by Ohio State university shows college football player Kosta Karageorge in Columbus, Ohio. The mother of a missing Ohio State football player has told police he texted her about his prior concussions the morning he disappeared. A missing-person report filed with Columbus police Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, says Karageorge told his mother he was sorry if he was an embarrassment but concussions had his head messed up. The 6-foot-5 senior missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and has not been heard from. (AP Photo/Ohio State University, Jay LaPrete)
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The OSU football team has arrived at the funeral service for Kosta Karageorge. http://t.co/ILdb3j2pYx
The mother of a missing Ohio State football player has told police he texted her about his prior concussions the morning he disappeared. A missing-person report filed with Columbus police Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, says Karageorge told his mother he was sorry if he was an embarrassment but concussions had his head messed up. (Sports Illustrated)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kosta's family. He will be missed.
The mother of a missing Ohio State football player has told police he texted her about his prior concussions the morning he disappeared. A missing-person report filed with Columbus police Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, says Karageorge told his mother he was sorry if he was an embarrassment but concussions had his head messed up. (Sports Illustrated)
STATEMENT: OSUDA was shocked and saddened to learn today of the death of student-athlete Kosta Karageorge, a senior from Columbus. More>>
Cont. STATEMENT: ... Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Karageorge family. You will be missed by the entire Buckeye family. http://t.co/mMvfflfokz
Sgt. Rich Weiner said at 2:30pm a body was found in a dumpster. Found a man inside container. Identified him as Kosta Karageorge
Investigation as of now that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
The confirmation is through tattoos. Unsure of how long the body has been there
Phone call came from a woman and her son who were looking through dumpsters. Police have recovered a handgun
Weiner says neighbors they have talked to heard nothing. Unsure if gun was his. It was found in dumpster with body
Prayers out to the Karageorge family and all of his friends
Karageorge sent a text to his mother about how concussion spells were affecting him. Just continues the conversation to work on that issue
We're completely devastated to hear the news about Kosta Karageorge. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and teammates.
Missing OSU football player Kosta Karageorge found dead of apparent suicide in a dumpster behind Short North Kroger. http://t.co/VWZeXvBeFy
Police confirm the death of Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge. Initial report is that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
A police poster showing Kosta Karageorge, an Ohio State player who has been missing since earlier in the week, is displayed on the large video board at the south end of the field before the start of the Ohio State's NCAA college football game against Michigan Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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OSU and Urban Meyer released a statement concerning missing football player Kosta Karageorge: http://t.co/9iVkNIL5nh http://t.co/vDjaIcGzRi
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A neuropathologist will look for signs of traumatic brain injury in an Ohio State athlete who was found dead in a trash bin of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and had a reported history of concussions, a coroner said Monday.

The examination, not normally part of the autopsy process, is being done on Kosta Karageorge because of that history, said Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the Franklin County coroner.

The pathologist "may or may not be able to determine any sort of abnormality or defect from traumatic brain injury," Ortiz said.

Preliminary results from a Monday morning autopsy confirmed that Karageorge died of a gunshot wound, Ortiz said, but she hasn't yet definitively ruled it a suicide. However, Columbus police said Sunday that Karageorge died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A handgun was found in the trash bin with him, police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner said.

His mother, Susan Karageorge, told police her son had had several concussions and a few spells of being extremely confused.

Ohio State DL Kosta Karageorge Found Dead

Players knew of Karageorge's history of concussions, teammate Michael Bennett, a defensive tackle, said Monday.

"We knew he had a lot of concussions and we were worried about that. But we didn't see any side effects of it," Bennett said.

Karageorge, 22, was a Buckeyes wrestler for three years, and the senior defensive tackle joined the football team as a walk-on this season. Although earlier reports said Karageorge played in one game, Ohio State spokesman Jerry Emig corrected that Monday, saying Karageorge had not played in any games.

A woman and her son looking for items in a trash bin Sunday found the body of Karageorge, who disappeared four days earlier after sending his parents a text message.

The message said, "I am sorry if I am an embarrassment but these concussions have my head all f----- up."

Police reports released Monday indicated a man looking for food in the trash bin earlier in the day may have found Karageorge's body, but he didn't report it and instead told other people who called police.

After Karageorge went missing, the football team's physician, Dr. Jim Borchers, said he could not comment on the medical care of student athletes. But, he said, "We are confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness."

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said Monday he'd been instructed not to talk about medical issues surrounding Karageorge.

"I can say this: This is the best group of medical people I've ever been around, the way they handle their business and the attention to detail," Meyer said.

Wrestling coach Tom Ryan told The Columbus Dispatch that Karageorge did not have documented concussions as a wrestler.

Brain injuries seem to increase people's risk for depression, though most studies on that have been with people who had severe head injuries, said Dr. Tom McAllister, chairman of psychiatry at Indiana University, who has studied concussions in college athletes.

If the person had depression or an anxiety disorder in the past, "it often is the case that the concussion seems to exacerbate it," he said. "These injuries don't occur in a vacuum. People bring their own past history ... into the injury."

Police found Karageorge's body within a couple hundred yards of his home and about a half-block from High Street, the main artery of the campus. Karageorge had last been seen at his Columbus apartment, when roommates said he left for a walk.

Several teammates on Monday recalled Karageorge as a hard worker at every practice, often staying for extra work, knowing he had little chance of ever playing.

"Every day he came out with the same attitude, no matter what the circumstance was," said offensive lineman Pat Elfein, adding: "The kid was just a grinder, you know?"

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