(1-10-21) Glenbrook North High School starting QB Dylan Buckner (18) died Thursday in an apparent suicide. His family said the Dylan’s struggle with depression worsened during the pandemic.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office Buckner was found unresponsive at the Deerfield Embassy Suites Thursday afternoon. Deerfield police confirmed they were called to the hotel.

Buckner’s father, Chris Buckner, said the teen had been battling depression the last few years but “his depression worsened significantly after COVID hit.”

“The family believes that had COVID not happened, or the country’s response to COVID had been more effective, Dylan would still be alive today, we are really, really going to miss him.”

Glenbrook North Principal Jason Markey :

“It is with deep sadness that I share news of the tragic and sudden loss of GBN senior Dylan Buckner. This is a profound loss for our entire school community and our hearts go out to all of Dylan’s family and friends. These are the times when we need to reach out, check in, and ensure that we are caring for one another.”

Spartans football coach Matt Purdy:

“Dylan will be remembered for his tremendous work ethic and his kind heart. He was respected and loved by so many, and his lasting impact is felt and noted through hundreds of emails, texts and notes we are receiving from our school community and far beyond. As an athlete, Dylan was a decorated football player who will be remembered as one of the best quarterbacks in school history. Dylan was the definition of leadership. He was a great teammate who was respected by opponents and coaches throughout the state.”

Comments on social media concerning Buckner’s death –


Dylan Buckner

It is with indescribable sadness that we announce the passing of our son, Dylan Jacob Buckner who died unexpectedly on January 7. Dylan was only 18, having been born on November 1, 2002 in Chicago before moving to Northbrook in 2004.

Dylan’s death has broken the hearts of his parents, Chris and Karen nee Teitelbaum, his brother Ethan, his grandfather Leonard Teitelbaum, his uncles Howard S. Teitelbaum, Howie Teitelbaum and Don Buckner Jr., his aunts Jane Waldren and Meg Buckner, his cousins Daniel and Andrew Teitelbaum and Sarah Buckner, and countless friends, coaches and teammates.

Dylan is joined in Heaven by his late Grandparents Dorothy Teitelbaum, Don Buckner Sr. and Grace Buckner.

Dylan cherished his many friends at Wescott Elementary School, his friends and basketball teammates at Maple Middle School, the coaches, teammates and the families of his Diamond Dawgz Baseball teams, and his coaches, teachers, many friends and great teammates at Glenbrook North High School.

Above all but his family and friends, Dylan was a Quarterback. Dylan’s football career started in fourth grade and football was a constant until his death. At GBN, Dylan was an honors student, a three year varsity football starting quarterback, a team captain his senior year and holds the school record for passing completions.


Dylan’s funeral will be held via Zoom on Monday, January 11 at 4p.m. central time. To attend the funeral live stream, please visit www.cjfinfo.com and click on Dylan’s name.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 50 Broadway, Fl 19, New York, NY 10004, https://suicidepreventionlifel… or American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, 199 Water St 11th Fl, New York, NY 10038, https://afsp.donordrive.com/in… or GBN Booster Club, c/o Cari Stoneburner, 2012 Thornwood Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062, Venmo: @GlenbrookNorth-BoosterClub, Please Memo: #Buck7.

Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals – Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822, www.cjfinfo.com

Chris Buckner, Glenbrook North QB, Class of 2021