Family Of American Quarterback Who Killed Himself Reveal Shocking Post-Mortem Brain Diagnosis

Date June 27, 2018

The Hilinski family have shared shocking details about what caused their American football quarterback son, Tyler Hilinski, to end his life.


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Seeking answers

When the 21-year-old killed himself in January, his family could not comprehend how a young man who was full of life could become a victim of suicide all of a sudden.


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They went on a mission seeking answers and maintained that Tyler had never shown signs of depression. But, unfortunately, they were quite wrong, as their Sports Illustrated exclusive interview proves.

CTE diagnosis

A post-mortem diagnosis run by the Mayo Clinic has revealed that Tyler was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when he took his life. In fact, he had the brain of a 65-year-old man.


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But this is not odd at all, the Hilinski family learned. CTE is often found in veteran football players and is known to cause depression, mood swings, and memory loss.


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How do they feel about this? Well, they are refusing to place blame for the son's death on the game, even if their search for truth has made them aware that most of Tyler's suffering was brought on by football.

Mental health advocacy

Their son had been a star player from highschool to his junior year in college when he shot himself, and they are chosing to honor his memory rather than throw blame around.


Thankful for the best family ever #TBT

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They want to raise awareness about mental health and have since set up a donation, Hilinski’s Hope, to fund programs that support the destigmatization of mental health and suicide.

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