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Standout Gopher linebacker Gary Tinsley found dead on campus

Senior Gopher football player Gary Tinsley was found dead today in a campus dorm room. Fox 9 News reports a U of M source confirms Tinsley was discovered unresponsive and responders were unable to revive him. Officials say there was no sign of foul play. The university and Hennepin County officials are investigating the cause of the 22-year-old's death.
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Senior Gopher football player Gary Tinsley was found dead today in a campus dorm room. Fox 9 News reports a U of M source confirms Tinsley was discovered unresponsive and responders were unable to revive him. Officials say there was no sign of foul play. The university and Hennepin County officials are investigating the cause of the 22-year-old's death.

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