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Did concussions play a part? Dead Ohio State player's brain to be examined

The Franklin County (Ohio) coroner said Monday that a special examination will look for signs of traumatic brain injury to Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge, who was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Franklin County (Ohio) coroner said Monday that a special examination will look for signs of traumatic brain injury to Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge, who was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Dr. Anahi Ortiz said the examination by an Ohio State neuropathologist is being done because Karageorge had a reported history of multiple concussions.

An autopsy determined the 22-year-old Karageorge died of a gunshot wound, but Ortiz hasn't yet definitively ruled it a suicide. Columbus police announced the fifth-year senior died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Karageorge's body was found in a dumpster Sunday after he went missing Wednesday.

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Susan Karageorge told NBC4 her son sent her the following text before vanishing: "Sorry if I am an embarrassment, but these concussions have my head all (expletive) up."

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Coach Urban Meyer wouldn't address the situation in his weekly news conference Monday, but Ohio State issued a statement:

"We know that many of you are concerned, as we are, about the tragic news that we received yesterday about the death of one of our student-athletes, Kosta Karageorge. It is very early in the process of determining the cause of death, and the Columbus division of police is still investigating. We are unable to discuss this situation in detail at this time. The investigation continues, we are also not able to comment on student-athlete's medical treatments."

His mother, Susan Karageorge, told police in a missing-person's report that her son had several concussions.

Karageorge, a reserve defensive lineman, was a wrestler for three years and joined the football team as a walk-on this season.

Karageorge was announced missing after his family raised concerns over a series of text messages they described as disturbing. In the communication with his family, Karageorge reportedly said his mind wasn't right and blamed concussions for his confusion.

Susan Karageorge told NBC4 her son sent her the following text before vanishing: "Sorry if I am an embarrassment, but these concussions have my head all (expletive) up."

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