WSU quarterback Tyler Hilinski found dead in apparent suicide

Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, 21, was found dead Tuesday night in Pullman, Wash.

Hilinski died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his apartment. The Pullman police department issued a statement confirming his death and said that there was a suicide note near his body.

"Pullman Police detectives and the Whitman County Coroner's Office are conducting a thorough investigation to confirm the suspected cause and manner of death," the statement read in part.

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SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 28: Washington State (3) Tyler Hilinski (QB) looks warms up prior to the kickoff during the Holiday Bowl game between the Washington State Cougars and the Michigan State Spartans on December 28, 2017 at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Tyler Hilinski #3 of the Washington State Cougars celebrates a six yard touchdown against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. The Arizona Wildcats won 58-37. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 28: Washington State (3) Tyler Hilinski (QB) looks on during the Holiday Bowl game between the Washington State Cougars and the Michigan State Spartans on December 28, 2017 at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Tyler Hilinski #3 of the Washington State Cougars celebrates a six yard touchdown against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. The Arizona Wildcats won 58-37. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 28: Washington State Cougars quarterback Tyler Hilinski (3) back to pass in the first half of the Holiday Bowl played against the Michigan State Spartans, on December 28, 2017, played at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 28: Washington State (3) Tyler Hilinski (QB) looks on as he walks off the field during the Holiday Bowl game between the Washington State Cougars and the Michigan State Spartans on December 28, 2017 at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 28: Tyler Hilinski #3 of the Washington State Cougars passes the ball against the Michigan State Spartans during the first half of the SDCCU Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium on December 28, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 28: Tyler Hilinski (3) of the Washington State Cougars attempts to throw the ball in the game between the Washington State Cougars and the Michigan State Spartans on December 28, 2017 at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 28: Washington State Cougars quarterback Tyler Hilinski (3) drops back to pass during the college football game between the Washington State Cougars and the Arizona Wildcats on October 28, 2017, at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, AZ. (Photo by Carlos Herrera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The police went to his apartment to do a welfare check after the redshirt sophomore failed to show up for practice earlier in the day.

Hilinski was a backup for the Cougars but started the team's bowl game against Michigan State last month. He completed 39 of 50 passes for 272 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in a 42-17 loss.

Hilinski was widely expected to be the starter heading into the 2018 season after ending last year 130 of 179 (72.6 percent) for 1,176 yards with seven TD passes and seven interceptions.

Washington State University president Kirk H. Schulz tweeted, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hilinski family"

A native of Claremont, Calif., Hilinski went to Upland High School in southern California before spending three years in Pullman.

--Field Level Media

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