Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 4/8/12

Twenty-two year old Gary Tinsley, a recent University of Minnesota football player was found dead in his dormitory room Friday morning, April 6.

University Police Chief Greg Hestness “there was no evidence of foul play,” but that this death is suspicious, like most deaths that involve college football and college basketball players.

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Tinsley’s roommate, fellow Gophers linebacker Keanon Cooper, found him about 7:40 a.m. on the floor of their room in Roy Wilkins Hall, not breathing, and called for help. Police officers and medics responded but could not revive Tinsley, who was pronounced dead at the scene about 8:15 a.m.

University Police Chief Greg Hestness would go on to say:

“There was no immediate indication of crime, things you would expect with weapons or a struggle,”

 ”All of those things are absent. Nevertheless, a death of a young athlete is out of the ordinary…so we’re treating it as a suspicious death.”

Tinsley was second on the team in total tackles, with 87 last season. He had 198 career tackles and was a four-year letter-winner during his Gophers career, which early on was clouded by illicit use of alcohol and run-ins with the law.

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