College Athlete Dead at 19 After Collapsing

Player dies after collapsing during basketball game.

Posted:
 
screen20shot202011120820at209.45.3920am

The world of college sports has been rocked by another death.

Nineteen-year-old Oregon State football player Fred Thompson died yesterday after collapsing during a basketball game on campus. Thompson was immediately taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The freshman defensive tackle from California, who stood 6 feet 4 and weighed 317 pounds, was described as a fun person to be around. He even called himself a "goofball" in an interview earlier this year.

"I'm a goofball, so I am always dancing," Thompson said. "I can dance really well. I can juggle. I am a music guy, but I like making beats. Two of my teammates and I actually recorded a song last year. I just do it for fun when I have spare time -- I really enjoy doing it."

Oregon State will hold a news conference today on Thompson's death.

Read more at USA Today.

Like The Root on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

Comments
The Root encourages respectful debate and dialogue in our commenting community. To improve the commenting experience for all our readers we will be experimenting with some new formats over the next few weeks. During this transition period the comments section will be unavailable to users.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support of The Root.

While we are experimenting, please feel free to leave feedback below about your past experiences commenting at The Root.
Must-See Family Attractions
July 29 2014 2:13 PM