Mark and Kym Hilinski bought a house on Lake Murray so they could be close to their sons, USC freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski and Kelly Hilinski who lives in Irmo. The Hilinski family is adjusting to life after the suicide of Tyler Hilinski while a quarterback at Washington State. Tyler’s jersey and photos sit prominently in the new house. [email protected]
I will never forget that day in January 2018 when I found out Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski had taken his life. My heart was broken and I cried.
Seeing an athlete who was around the same age as me die shook me because I was once in a similar situation. Autopsy reports revealed that Hilinski had suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which I thought made it even more important for people to know that athletes, current and former, could be dealing with mental health issues.
AFTER A SERIES of setbacks spanning his health, business and personal life, James Donaldson tells KING5’s Chris Daniels he battled depression, and also contemplated and planned a suicide attempt. Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski’s suicide had a profound impact on him, and helped him find his way back.