The parents of the now late Washington State Cougars QB Tyler Hilinski said Tuesday that he had CTE at the time he committed suicide.
In an interview for NBC’s Today show, Mark Hilinski revealed what he was told about his son’s brain: “The medical examiner said he had the brain of a 65-year-old, which is really hard to take. He was the sweetest, most outgoing, giving kid. That was difficult to hear.”
Hilinski committed suicide in January at the age of 21.
Mark and Kym Hilinski also took part in a documentary regarding their son’s death, what led up to it and its aftermath.
In the documentary, Kym his mother said,
“Did football kill Tyler? I don’t think so. Did he get CTE from football? Probably. Was that the only thing that attributed to his death? I don’t know.
There weren’t really any verbal signs from Tyler to us or to anybody at Washington State that he was suffering.”
Hilinski was 21 at the time of his suicide.