The life and legacy of an athlete with CTE

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The life and legacy of an athlete with CTE

September 18, 2018

Tyler Hilinski's suicide in January of this year shocked the Washington State University community. 

When former Washington State University football player Tyler Hilinski, 21, died by suicide this January, his death devastated the WSU community, his family and his friends. It also brought up the question of how this could happen to a young man who had been so full of life and laughter. 

An autopsy of Hilinski's brain showed deposits indicating chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, possibly resulting from repetitive hits to the head. He was at Stage 1, or the very begining of the condition, which can cause depression and other symptoms. 

A KOMO TV special with Eric Johnson looked at Hilsinki's life and legacy, and at the effects of CTE.  The special aired Sept. 16.

UW Medicine neurologist  Dr. Dirk Keene was interviewed for the program and spoke about the science behind CTE.  Keene's interview comes at the 42-minute mark in the hour-long program.