I’m sure most of you are aware of the tragic death of Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge, and the role that concussions played in it. Karageorge disappeared on Wednesday after texting his mother, “I am sorry if I am an embarrassment but these concussions have my head all fucked up.” Then, Karageorge was later found dead which Columbus police report was due to an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A neuropathologist will investigate further for signs of traumatic brain injury since Karageorge had a long history of concussions according to the coroner.
Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the Franklin County coroner told ESPN that the pathologist “may or may not be able to determine any sort of abnormality or defect from traumatic brain injury.”
Ohio State issued a statement saying, “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-athletes’ medical treatments.”
It truly is a tragedy and calls for increased awareness about concussion and brain-related injuries that are known to lead to depression.