Gary Tinsley dies at 22

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Gary Tinsley, a University of Minnesota senior and former Gophers linebacker, was found dead early Friday morning in Roy Wilkins Hall, the Minnesota Daily reported.

University police received a call at about 7:40 a.m. Friday from a roommate who found Tinsley, 22, unresponsive in his room. University police Chief Greg Hestness told the Minnesota Daily there were no immediate signs of foul play, but the police are treating it as a suspicious death.

After the news of his death spread through campus Friday, students held a candlelight vigil in his memory.

Minnesota's athletic department announced Monday it has established the Gary Tinsley Memorial Fund in remembrance of Tinsley, ESPN reported.

According to a release, donations to the fund will help Tinsley's family with funeral expenses and help Minnesota players with their travel expenses to attend Tinsley's funeral in Florida.

Tinsley, a Jacksonville, Fla., native, was on his way to graduating in May with a business marketing and education degree but he will be awarded his degree posthumously.

A four-year member of the Gophers football team, Tinsley was a force on defense. He started every game in his past two seasons at middle linebacker and led the team in tackles his junior season with 90. In his final season with the Gophers this past fall, he finished second on the team in tackles with 87 and recorded nine tackles-for-loss and four sacks, the Minnesota Daily said.

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