In Memory of Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson, 19, died Wednesday night in Corvallis

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.”

10 Responses to “In Memory of Fred Thompson”

  1. Brian LaVere says:

    Thoughts and prayers go out to Fred’s family. Please let me know if there is a memorial fund established in Fred’s name for his family. I would like to make a donation. RIP Fred..

  2. Rosa Lopez says:

    My thoughs and prayers go to the family. Fred will be missed very much and we will never forget him, for his was an amazing person…..

  3. says:

    Brian, we just updated the post with information on how to donate to the Memorial fund. Thank you so much for your expression of sympathy.

  4. Kristi Karrer says:

    Our condolences to this young mans family. I am the parent of an 8 year old boy that was just diagnosed 9 weeks ago with Restrictive Cardiomyopathy and we had no idea he had any heart issues at all! Since being diagnosed we have completed lots of testing and are now on the heart transplant list awaiting for the greatest gift. I just want to thank you for honoring him by the organ donations. This has to be the most difficulct time for you but you have allowed him to live on and give the greatest gift of all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Sandra Bristow says:

    I am so very sorry for your horrible loss. Thanks to your kindness he will live on in the bodies of those that needed him so very much. If only he could have gotten a heart.

    Sandra Bristow
    Grandmother of a child waiting for a heart.

  6. briana b. says:

    love to his family, its just not fair.

  7. The Halcomb Family says:

    We will continue to keep the family in our prayers. Fred has touched many lifes and will never be forgotten..

  8. Marcus Texaco says:

    Tis’ not right. Quite unfortunate indeed. R.I.P. Megg Phariss as well.

  9. The Anderson Family says:

    We will forever miss our friend, brother and teammate, but we will cherish the time we spent with him. We love him and will always honor him.

  10. Kenny says:

    Condolences to his family. This is a real unfortunate event. R.I.P!