Who is Tyler Hilinski?

Tyler Hilinski was a professional American football player. He played college football for Washington State University. Unfortunately, he died after his junior year by suicide.

Quick Info
Celebrated NameTyler Hilinski
Birth Date26th of May, 1996
Birth PlaceClaremont, California
Death Date16th of January, 2018
Parent's NameFather: Mark Hilinsky
Mother: Kym Hilinski
College AttendedWashington State University

Tyler Hilinsky

Personal Information

Tyler Hilinski was born on the 26th of May, 1996 in Claremont, California. He was the son of Mark Hilinsky and Kym Hilinski and was born with the birth name Tyler Scott Haun Hilinski. Furthermore, he has two brothers; both of whom are football players as well. His brother was a quarterback for the Notre Dame High School. Whereas his younger brother was the quarterback for the Orange Lutheran High School. His younger brother is the starting quarterback for the South Carolina Gamecocks.


Tyler attended the Notre Dame High School. Later, he transferred to Upland High School located in Upland, California. For college, he attended Washington State University.

Tyler Hilinsky


Tyler played for the high school football team as a quarterback. He was a promising football player. He passed for 3067 yards as well as 36 touchdowns in his junior year. Furthermore, he took a redshirt year in 2015 for Washington State University.

He played as a backup quarterback for the university football team Washington State Cougars in the year 2016. He came off the bench once as a quarterback against the Boise State Broncos in his sophomore year. Tyler helped the team to win the game in triple overtime.

Later, he again played off the bench as a quarterback against the Arizona Wildcats. However, he lost the match. His first starting quarterback role was for the 2017 Holiday Bowl. There, he completed 39 of 50 passes with two touchdowns.

People expected Hilinski to be the starting quarterback and succeed Luke Falk in 2018 before the tragedy.

Tyler Hilinsky

The Death of Tyler Hilinski

Hilinski died on the 16th of January, 2018 in his apartment at the young age of 21. He was discovered after he did not show up for practice. He had a self-inflicted gunshot in his head. Police collected a rifle and a suicide note next to him. His death was ruled as a suicide. Doctors revealed that Hilinski had a Stage 1 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy on the 26th of January, 2018. This condition made him have a brain of a 65-year-old.

Memorial Service for Hilinski was held on the 27th of January, 2018 at Damien High School with around 800 attendees.

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