Kosta Karageorge, Ohio State Football Player, Found Dead In Apparent Suicide
Missing Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge was found dead in an apparent suicide Sunday afternoon in Columbus.
Kosta Karageorge Found Dead
Karageorge, 22, had gone missing last Wednesday after leaving his apartment in the morning. His last known communication was a text message to his mother, which read, “Sorry if I am an embarrassment, but these concussions have my head all fucked up.”
On Sunday, a woman and her son found Karageorge’s body in a dumpster around the corner from Karageorge’s Columbus apartment, reported the Columbus Dispatch. When police investigated the scene, a handgun was found inside the dumpster with the athlete, who was identified by his tattoos, leading them to believe that he had shot and killed himself.
“At this time, there’s a lot of questions that we’re still trying to work out,” Sgt. Rich Weiner told reporters. “But he was found inside of the dumpster, the handgun was found inside of the dumpster with him.”
After news broke of Karageorge’s death, Ohio State’s Athletic Department released a statement through Twitter.
STATEMENT: OSUDA was shocked and saddened to learn today of the death of student-athlete Kosta Karageorge, a senior from Columbus. More>>
— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) November 30, 2014
Cont. STATEMENT: … Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time. — Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) November 30, 2014
Karageorge walked on the Ohio State football team at the beginning of the 2014 fall season as a defensive tackle. He’d previously wrestled for the school’s varsity squad. Upon finding out about Karageorge’s death, the wrestling team was devastated, according to coach Tom Ryan.
“There were a lot of tears,” he said. “There was a lot of crying. That says something because you know how men are. We don’t cry in front of anybody and don’t show weakness. But it was emotional.”
A vigil was held to remember Karageorge on the Ohio State Oval Sunday night.
It’s unknown if Karageorge’s history of concussions played a part in his apparent suicide.