Pac-12 Football: WSU Senior Bryce Beekman Dies at Age 22; Cause of Death Unknown

Washington State safety Bryce Beekman was found dead Tuesday night.Photo by James Snook, USA Today

Jeff Faraudo

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:

Theo Lawson on Bryce Beekman

Here's the official statement from Washington State Athletics:

WSU statement on Bryce Beekman

And a heartfelt reaction from former Washington State coach Mike Leach:

Mike Leach on Bryce Beekman

 Pac-12 Networks commentator Yogi Roth offers his condolences:

Yogi Roth on Bryce Beekman

And the COVID-19 pandemic makes this even more difficult just two years after Cougars quarterback Tyler Hilinski's death  . . .

WSU quarterback Tyler Hilinski died just two years ago