An Oregon State football player has died after collapsing while playing a game of basketball. Fred Thompson, 19, was transported to the nearby Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Thompson was a freshman defensive tackle from Richmond, California. He was played basketball on Wednesday evening at the Dixon Recreation Center on the OSU campus when he collapsed. In 2009, he was a first team all-city selection as senior at Oakland Tech high school.
Thompson’s death, just days before his 20th birthday, has once again raised concerns about the health of young athletes in America. It’s not believed that Thompson had any pre-existing medical conditions that were known about.