Former Baylor guard Austin Ekeler, who committed suicide in September, has been found to have had a “genetic disorder” in his blood, according to a report from The Advocate.
Ekeler was diagnosed with an “abnormality” of the hypothalamus, a genetic disorder that is characterized by an abnormally high amount of the hormone prolactin.
The abnormality was discovered by the Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Browns and a family member of Ekelers parents, according the report.
Ekes parents and his brother, Josh, had told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that they believed his condition stemmed from a genetic mutation in the same family tree as former Baylor guard James Young, who died in 2016.
Josh Ekelar, a Cleveland Browns fan, told the newspaper that the “troubled kid” was “just like James.”
According to the report, a DNA test revealed the condition to be “a genetic disorder,” but it’s unclear how Ekelders parents came to think he was carrying it.
According to a Cleveland.com report, Ekelfers brother, Cody, told police he and Ekelly had been in a “relationship of convenience” before the family separated in May of 2018.
Cody claimed Ekelenys mother was in the midst of trying to have an abortion.
According a statement on the Ekeelers family website, Ekelers brother told police that his mother had a miscarriage after Ekellys father, a former high school football player, was arrested for sexual assault.
Ekelling family told ABC News that Cody Ekeleres wife is in the process of having an abortion and that they were unaware of any other family members carrying the disorder.
The Browns reportedly were aware of Ekeler’s genetic disorder, but he played for Cleveland State University in 2019 and then left for the NFL.
The news of Ekes suicide comes less than a week after he committed suicide at age 22.
Ekelers family members told the Associated Press that Cody’s father was not involved in the boy’s death.
In the wake of the Ekes tragedy, Cleveland’s Board of Police Commissioners issued a statement about Ekels death.