Freshman OSU football player collapses and dies

Freshman OSU football player collapses and dies »Play Video
Fred Thompson (photo courtesy of Oregon State University Athletics).

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A freshman football player for Oregon State collapsed while playing basketball early Wednesday evening and died.

Fred Thompson, 19, was a true freshman defensive tackle who had not yet played a game for OSU.

He hailed from Richmond, California, where he played at Oakland-Tech during his high school years. His bio states that he chose to go to Oregon State because he "loved everything about it - from the coaching staff to the support from the fans."

Late Wednesday, a tribute video to Thompson was posted on YouTube. It had close to 300 views Thursday morning.

The college's athletics department sent out the following statement late Wednesday evening:

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 was 19-years-old.

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.