Gophers linebacker found dead at age 22

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Gary Tinsley, a Gophers linebacker set to graduate next month, was found dead early Friday morning in Roy Wilkins Hall, news sources report. He was 22.

Authorities are awaiting autopsy results to release Tinsley's cause of death. Tinsley had no known prior medical conditions and there was no evidence of drug and alcohol use, University police Chief Greg Hestness told the Associated Press.

Tinsley watched a movie with some teammates in his room on Thursday night and went to bed around 11 p.m., a team spokesman told the Associated Press.

The next morning, one of Tinsley's roommates went to check on the player when his alarm sounded without being turned off. The roommate found Tinsley wasn't breathing, the Associated Press reported.

University police received a 911 call at about 7:40 a.m. Friday, the Minnesota Daily reported. Tinsley was pronounced dead at the scene about 8:15 a.m.

Hestness said there were no immediate signs of foul play, but police are treating it as a suspicious death because "the death of a young athlete is out of the ordinary," The Associated Press reported.

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