University of Minnesota senior and former Gopher football linebacker Gary Tinsley died Friday morning at the age of 22, just weeks before graduating.
Tinsley's roommate in Roy Wilkins Hall checked on Tinsley after his alarm sounded for too long without being turned off, and found him not breathing. Tinsley's roommate then called the campus police around 7:30 a.m., and after about 30 minutes of resuscitation attempts, Tinsley was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:15 a.m., reported USA Today Sports.
Police found no evidence of foul play at the scene, but are still suspicious of the death because "the death of a young athlete is out of the ordinary," university Police Chief Greg Hestness said.
According to Kare 11, Tinsley had two brushes with the law during his college career. Police arrested Tinsley for being involved in a brawl during his sophomore year, and he was charged with a DUI after being chased by police while driving the wrong way down a one-way street on his moped as a junior. Friends and teammates said Tinsley settled down after that incident.
Tinsley, who was from Jacksonville, Fla., will receive his business management degree posthumously.