OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU football player collapses, dies at recreation facility

12/07/2011

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 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.