The college football world mourns a major loss.
Washington State backup quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead Tuesday evening. He was 21.
According to USA Today, the authorities were called to do a welfare check at Hilinski's apartment after he failed to show up for practice. He was found with a gunshot wound to the head, suspected to be self-inflicted.
Washington State coach Mike Leach as well as AD John Johnson released statements shortly after the news was made public.
“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing. He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family” - Coach Leach regarding Tyler Hilinski— WSU Cougar Football (@wsucougfb) January 17, 2018
Many of Hilinski's teammates and others in the sports world took to social media to express their sympathy.
Ty you were a great teammate, friend, brother anything we needed you to be. You brought smiles to the people around you. I am sorry I could not be there for you when you needed a smile for yourself. Love you man. Rest In Peace🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/LmNC1ZLNZi— Skyler Thomas (@Sky_Dolla_Sign) January 17, 2018
My prayers go out to Tyler Hilinski and his family. I can’t imagine the pain and suffering that is being felt tonight, but I know that WSU is very special place and the Cougar community is here to help each other through this difficult time. #RIP3— Tyler Bruggman (@TBruggman10) January 17, 2018
We are shocked with the tragic news out of Pullman, tonight. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, teammates, coaches, and all those hurting from his loss. To everyone, be kind to each other, and if you need help, please let someone help you.— WSU Marching Band (@WSUCMB) January 17, 2018
God, let Tyler find peace. Everyone please pray for the Hilinski family tonight. Heaven received a very special person. pic.twitter.com/mx4i1MoOhK— John Bledsoe (@johnbledsoe11) January 17, 2018
May His rod & staff bring comfort to the family of WSU QB Tyler Hilinski. Let's hope that we can encourage all of our youth enough to weather the woes of life in the wake of what Pullman Police currently suspect is an apparent suicide. Officials say an investigation is ongoing. pic.twitter.com/ipWo47InOL— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) January 17, 2018
Our thoughts are with the family of Tyler Hilinski and the entire Washington State University community at this difficult time. https://t.co/PG51JCQubp— Cal Football (@CalFootball) January 17, 2018
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Tyler Hilinski’s family, friends and the entire Washington State community. https://t.co/q26mLLHsMd— Washington Athletics (@UWAthletics) January 17, 2018
Our hearts go out to the family of Tyler Hilinski and the entire @wsucougfb team. Our thoughts are with you.— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) January 17, 2018
There's no doubt that the world lost a great person as well as a player.