Oregon State DT Fred Thompson collapses and dies

Oregon State DT Fred Thompson collapses and dies

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University student-athlete Fred Thompson, a freshman on the OSU football team, died early Wednesday evening in Corvallis.


According to OSU officials, Thompson was playing basketball at Dixon Recreation Center on the OSU campus when he collapsed.  He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis where he was pronounced dead.


Thompson was a true freshman defensive tackle from Richmond, Calif. He never played in a game but was supposed compete this spring.  He was four days shy of his 20th birthday.


Department of Athletics’ officials say the OSU community sends its thoughts and prayers to Fred’s family.


OSU head football coach Mike Riley was off-campus recruiting and is en route to Corvallis.


Oregon State will hold a press conference in the Gill Coliseum media room at a to-be-announced time Thursday.  There will be no media availability Wednesday night.