Hicks was rushed to the hospital shortly after 2:30 a.m. MT on Sunday and died shortly after. Police have suspects in custody, the outlet reports.
Hicks was a 3-year letter-winner with the Spartans, his last in 2014. He made 27 tackles in 32 career games. The Detroit native was a 3-star defensive back coming out of high school, but converted to linebacker before his junior season.
Hicks was in his first year on the Stampeders practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent with the 49ers in 2015.
“Obviously this is an extremely difficult and upsetting time for the players and staff,” Stampeders president and GM John Hufnagel said in the release. “It’s a terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mylan’s family.”
Hicks is the second former Michigan State player to die this year. Former punter Mike Sadler, who also last played in 2014, was killed in a car accident in July.
Hicks tweeted Saturday ahead of Michigan State’s Big Ten opener against Wisconsin.
Let's go today dawgs. Big ten opener. ???
— Mylan Hicks (@AlmightyLO6) September 24, 2016