Former LSU tight end Tyler Edwards, 26, died Saturday night in Monroe from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, a Monroe police detective said Sunday.

Detective Reggie Brown said Edwards, who was a member of the Tigers football team from 2008 to 2012, was found in his vehicle about 9:30 p.m. Saturday by his father in the 3600 block of Desiard Street.

Brown said Edwards’ body had been sent to Little Rock, Arkansas, for an autopsy but preliminary information indicated that his death was a suicide.

Edwards, a Ouachita Parish High School graduate, was one of the top-ranked prep prospects in Louisiana when he committed to play football at LSU. After red-shirting his freshman season, Edwards saw action as a reserve for three seasons before being ruled ineligible in 2012, his senior year.

Edwards had left the university in 2013 but had re-enrolled at the beginning of the current semester to work on finishing his degree, LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said Sunday. Edwards’ former teammate and freshman-year roommate at LSU Thomas Parsons said Sunday that Edwards had been excited about returning to school and was splitting his time between Monroe and Baton Rouge.

Parsons remembered Edwards as an outgoing and buoyant personality who was always quick with a smile.

“If you were in a bad situation, he’d always make it better because he’d always make you laugh,” Parsons said. “He was just a joy to be around.”

Edwards’ older brother, Eric Edwards, was a standout tight end at LSU under coach Nick Saban and was a member of the 2003 national championship team his senior year before going on to play two seasons in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals.