It was tragic news last week when it was reported that Matthew Snyder, the son of Sean Snyder, and grandson of Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, had died at 22 years old.
Riley County, Kansas, police confirmed that Matthew died of asphyxiation, a.k.a. suffocation. The department spokeswoman Hali Rowland said the death had been ruled a suicide.
There were no other injuries and no foul play is expected as Matthew died in his home last Wednesday, January 17th.
Sean Snyder has been the director of football operations under his father for the past seven seasons, and with his father’s heath suffering last offseason, Bill Snyder has often said that Sean essentially runs the program.
It’s been a rough year for the Snyder family. Snyder was diagnosed with throat cancer last offseason, but was able to return to the sidelines this season and lead Kansas State back from a 3-5 start to the season, to winning five of its last six games to finish 8-5 with a 35-17 win over UCLA in the Cactus Bowl.
Matthew Snyder’s funeral will take place on Thursday at a church in Manhattan, but the family has made it very clear by asking only family and close friends to attend to respect their privacy.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Snyder family during this tough time.