Washington State Football Player Found Dead After Reporting 'Breathing Problems'


Washington State University football player Bryce Beekman was found dead in his apartment on Tuesday evening after police officers responded to a call for a person experiencing "breathing problems," authorities said.

Police in Pullman, Washington confirmed Beekman's death early Wednesday morning, and said foul play was not suspected. The cause of death was not initially revealed, and police later confirmed that Beekman was found in response to the call from his apartment.

The Whitman County coroner said the case is an open investigation, and it could take up to three months to announce a cause of death, ESPN reported.

The announcement came hours after several Washington State football players posted emotional farewell tributes to Beekman, a 22-year-old redshirt senior, on social media overnight.

Bryce Beekman
Bryce Beekman (No. 26) ranked fifth on the Washington State defense with 60 tackles in 2019. Photo credit Getty Images

Beekman, a defensive back, started all 13 games with the Cougars in 2019. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Beekman wore No. 26 as a tribute to slain former Redskins All-Pro Sean Taylor, according to the team's website.

The university recently moved its classes to online/remote learning only, according to the Associated Press, with on-campus meetings cancelled in accordance with government recommendations to limit gatherings. Washington was one of the earliest states to report an outbreak of coronavirus cases.