Tyler Lindstrom, brother of Nebraska state senator, dead at 39 | Regional government

Tyler Lindstrom, the 39-year-old brother of State Senator Brett Lindstrom, was found dead inside his home in Austin, Texas on Tuesday.

His cause of death remains unknown, according to the Omaha senator. An autopsy is underway before his body is sent back to Nebraska for burial in Oakland next week.

Tyler lived in multiple states and was between jobs at the time of his death, Brett said. He had recently moved to Austin, as Brett said he “felt at home” in Texas after graduating from Baylor University in Waco.

Brett said Tyler usually stays in close contact with their parents, but they recently went on vacation and hadn’t heard from him for several days. Ultimately, he said Tyler’s neighbors called the police to do a welfare check, where they found him in the kitchen.

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Although Tyler grew up in Omaha, Brett said he felt a connection to Oakland, the Nebraska town where their great-grandparents settled after emigrating from Sweden. Oakland is about 50 miles northwest of Omaha.

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As the middle child between Brett, the eldest, and their younger sister Morgan, Tyler was “larger than life” and “the life of the party,” Brett said. In school, Tyler was athletic and competitive – the type of person people wanted to be around. Brett said he hopes this is how his brother will be remembered.

“We want to remember the good times,” he said.

As a member of an athletic family — Brett, their father and two uncles all played football for the Huskers — Tyler was determined to play NCAA Division IA football, the World-Herald reported in 2004. He acted as his own search party, sending recruiting tapes to several schools.

The effort eventually landed Tyler, a graduate of Millard West, at Baylor, where he worked his way from a walk-on to a fellowship in his senior year. He played safety and linebacker, according to a Baylor University Player Biography.

Dan McLaughlin, who coached Tyler at Millard West, told the World-Herald in 2004 that he wasn’t too surprised his former player ended up playing for a school in Texas, despite his family’s deep Huskers roots. .

“Tyler is kind of like that,” McLaughlin said at the time. “They broke the mold when they did. Tyler is his own man and he will always go his own way. ”

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