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 returned to Corvallis for a Thursday afternoon press conference. “I just enjoyed him,” Riley said. “He was fun, had a great smile and was just growing tremendously. We’re going to miss him.”
Fans and friends are welcome to post their condolences to the OSU Athletics Facebook page, or the OSU Football team’s Facebookpage. Those who wish to send a personal note to Thompson’s family can email:
Friends of Thompson’s created a tribute video for him.
Update, 12/9/11, 12:25 p.m.:
Bank of America has set up several ways to donate to the “Fred Thompson Memorial Fund”
- Visit any Bank of America branch to submit a check or money order (#0555170789)
- Mail a check made out to the “Fred Thompson Memorial Fund” to any Bank of America branch with accompanying account number in the memo line.
- A wire transfer
- Transfer money through a current Bank of America banking account.
The State medical examiner performed an autopsy on Thompson on the morning of Dec. 9, and said the cause of death was hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or an enlarged heart – a major cause of death in young athletes.
Paul Buker in the Oregonian wrote, “Honoring his family’s wishes, skin, bone and eye donations were obtained prior to the autopsy. The donations are an opportunity to turn this sad tragedy into improved quality of life for others.”