Washington State defensive back Bryce Beekman found dead

Ruben Hill
March 26, 2020

The Washington State football team is mourning another awful tragedy, as defensive back Bryce Beekman has died at age 22.

Head football coach Nick Rolovich told his team of Beekman's death on Tuesday night. "Bryce was a tremendous young man, great teammate and will be missed by all".

Both Chun and Rolovich offered their condolences to Beekman's family and friends.

Beekman transferred to Washington State from Arizona Western Junior College and became a starter last season. He was regarded as one of the team's top defensive recruits and finished with 60 tackles in his first season. He said Beekman "was always positive and well respected". "My heart goes out to his family and friends". Washington State has yet to comment on Beekman's passing, although several teammates tweeted about him late Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Unfortunately, the WSU football program knows what it's like to suddenly lose a player - back in 2018, quarterback Tyler Hilinski took his own life in an apartment near campus. "Every second matters", wrote offensive lineman Liam Ryan.

In a conference call with reporters Tuesday prior to learning of Beekman's death, Rolovich said the majority of players had stayed in their hometowns following spring break.

WSU postponed spring workouts and encouraged students to return home amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, The Spokesman-Review reported.

Jenkins said that police officers responded to a 911 call at 5:44 p.m. PST on Tuesday in a call for help involving "breathing problems", at Bryce Beekman's residence in Pullman.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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