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Former Iowa Star Tyler Sash Had 'High Level' of C.T.E.

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Tyler Sash, who passed away at the age of 27, was found to be at an advanced stage of C.T.E. 

According to The New York Times, Sash's C.T.E. was reminiscent of the kind you would see in a much older football player. 

"The severity of the C.T.E. in Sash's brain was about the same as found in the brain of the former NFL star Junior Seau, who committed suicide in 2012 at the age of 43. 

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Doctors grade C.T.E. on a severity scale from 0 to 4; Sash was at stage 2."

Sash's mother, Barnetta, spoke about the trouble her son was going through.

"My son knew something was wrong but he couldn't express it," Ms. Sash said. "He was such a good person, and it's sad that he struggled so with this — not knowing where to go with it."

Sash's mother also talked to The Times about the changes she saw in her son. He would often have minor temper flare-ups, memory loss, confusion states.

"Now it makes sense," Barnetta said. "The part of the brain that controls impulses, decision-making and reasoning was damaged badly."

Sash also had a couple of concussions in high school, as well as one during his playing days at Iowa. He was only 27 but with 16 years of high-intensity football activities, the consequences took a toll.