Pac-12 Football: WSU Senior Bryce Beekman Dies at Age 22; Cause of Death Unknown
Washington State and the college football world are trying to come to grips with the death Tuesday night of Bryce Beekman, a defensive back for the Cougars.
Beekman was 22.
Here's a Sports Illustrated video about the story:
No cause of death has been announced, and Theo Lawson of the Spokesman Review in Spokane reported the Whitman County Coroner’s Office said it would take “2 to 3 months” to determine cause of death.
There was no indication of foul play, police said.
Beekman, a redshirt senior, started every game for WSU last season and recorded 60 tackles.
"My relationship with Bryce was still in its early stages, but I knew him to be a wonderful young man," new WSU coach Nick Rolovich said in a statement. ”He was always positive and well respected amongst his teammates. My heart goes out to his family and friends.”
Reaction came quickly from others as well:
Here's the official statement from Washington State Athletics:
And a heartfelt reaction from former Washington State coach Mike Leach:
Pac-12 Networks commentator Yogi Roth offers his condolences:
And the COVID-19 pandemic makes this even more difficult just two years after Cougars quarterback Tyler Hilinski's death . . .