It comes with great sadness to report such heartbreaking news. An Indiana star athlete has died after committing suicide.
At this time, we are asking our readers to keep their family in their thoughts and prayers as they go through such a tragic time. Many people have expressed their condolences on social media sites and have shared their prayers with the family. Will you join us in praying for the family?
Today, the heartbroken parents are doing what they can to spread awareness on suicide prevention. They want to help others who may be suffering as well. Anyone who is suffering from this should seek help.
Star football player at Wabash College Evan Hansen, who was also the captain, has died. He was 21 years old when he passed away on Monday, September 10. Hansen committed suicide just two days after Senior Day, according to the New York Post.
"The initial shock was gut-wrenching," the father, Chuck Hansen, said.
According to reports, Hansen excelled at football and had dreams of pursuing a career as a nurse and a Spanish translator in an underprivileged community. However, in the past year, Hansen had been struggling with depression, according to his family. The family said that he had never mentioned experiencing suicidal thoughts.
“I think a lesson from Evan is, if someone appears to have everything going for them, they can actually feel like this on the inside,” his dad said. “It can affect anyone, and that’s something that needs to get out there.”
“I don’t think some people like to talk about it, they’re embarrassed or whatever,” his mom, Mary Hansen, said. “It’s not really anything to be embarrassed about.”
The Hansens gave Boston University approval to test their son's brain for CTE, which is a brain disorder in many athletes with head injuries. It may take months before the test results are complete.
If you or you know someone who is having suicidal thoughts, please contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.