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Oregon State’s Fred Thompson, 19, Dies of Apparent Heart Attack

| by Alex Groberman

Oregon State freshman defensive tackle, Fred Thompson, died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday night at the Dixon Center on Oregon State University’s campus.

According to Oregon Live, Thompson went down initially while playing basketball with some friends. He was then rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis where he was eventually pronounced dead.

There was an immediate outpoor of support and love directed towards Thompson, via Twitter, when the news broke:

OSU defensive back Jordan Poyer: "@J_Poyer14: R.I.P Fred Im really gonna miss you bro..My prayers go to you and your family"

Former OSU defensive back James Dockery: "@JamesDockery34: Man I'm just taken back right now! R.I.P. Fred..life is too short. My prayers to his family and you will be missed"

Former OSU quarterback Ryan Katz: "@BigKatz12: Things just don't make sense sometimes….RIP Fred. Pray for his family. I'm gonna miss you man."

Thompson was set to turn 20 years old this Sunday.

Oregon State released this statement on the matter:

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 is en route to Corvallis.

Oregon State will hold a press conference in the Gill Coliseum media room at a to-be-announced time Thursday.  There will be no media availability Wednesday night.