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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Days before Ohio State is to play in the Big Ten championship, team buses carried players and coaches to a Columbus cathedral where they paid their final respects to a teammate who apparently shot himself in the head after sending a message to his parents saying concussions had addled his mind.

Family members, athletes and coaches visibly grieved as they left the private funeral of Kosta Karageorge, some with tears in their eyes.

Karageorge, 22, was found dead in a trash bin near his home on Sunday. Four days earlier he had disappeared after sending his parents a text message: "I am sorry if I am an embarrassment but these concussions have my head all f----- up."

Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the Franklin County coroner, had not ruled on the manner of his death but said Karageorge had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A handgun was found in the trash bin with him, police said.

Karageorge's mother told police he'd had several concussions and a few spells of extreme confusion. The coroner said a special examination will be done of Karageorge's brain to look for any traumatic injury.

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Mourners gather for Ohio State athlete's funeral
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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 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)
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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)
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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
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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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Fellow football players have described Karageorge as a hard-working and enthusiastic athlete who often stayed for extra practice. His position coach, defensive line coach Larry Johnson, was among those at the funeral.

Nearly all of Karageorge's teammates departed Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Columbus without speaking.

Karageorge was a Buckeyes wrestler for three years and joined the football team as a walk-on at defensive tackle this season. The senior hadn't played any games and was a member of the "scout team," taking on the role of an opposing team member during the regular starters' weekday practices.

His body was found by a woman searching trash bins near her neighborhood for scrap metal to sell.

Karageorge's family planned a private burial in Athens County.

The football team was expected to wear a helmet sticker with Karageorge's No. 53 during Saturday's Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin in Indianapolis.

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