Fred Thompson, a 19-years-old Oregon State football player, collapsed during a basketball game and died following a heart attack on Wednesday, local media reported. Paramedics were unable to save the life of the young man, with doctors at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis declaring him dead upon his arrival in the hospital.
Thompson was a freshman from Richmond, California, where he played as a standout player at Oakland Technical Senior High. He was recovering from shoulder surgery and missed this season.
Football coach Mike Riley is expected to be back to Corvallis after the news hit him while recruiting new players off campus.
The promising football player considered to graduate in business sciences and selected Oregon State because of the “family vibe, nice campus and great academics,” according to his team biography, published online.