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Washington State senior defensive back Bryce Beekman has passed away. He was 22.
According to reports, Pullman police responded to a call Tuesday afternoon to assist a person suffering from what the police log called "breathing problems."
When they arrived at the apartment belonging to Beekman, they found the Cougars football star unresponsive.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Per the Pullman police, the cause of death is unknown, but there were no signs of foul play.
The university released a statement Wednesday morning.
"We are in shock with the news of Bryce's passing," WSU athletic director Pat Chun said in a statement. "Bryce was a tremendous young man, great teammate and will be missed by all. We send our deepest condolences and prayers to the Beekman family and his many friends."
WSU Athletics statement on the passing of student-athlete Bryce Beekman. pic.twitter.com/6XmhqE8hjH
— Washington State Athletics (@WSUCougars) March 25, 2020
Cougars head coach Nick Rolovich, as well as former WSU head coach Mike Leach, took to social media to share their condolences.
Never had a chance to coach him in a game or practice, but he impacted me as a person with every interaction I was lucky enough to have with him. Seems like he did that to everyone. We will miss you Bryce, but you won't be forgotten. https://t.co/iQ4QAYLuMq
— Nick Rolovich (@NickRolovich) March 25, 2020
Heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the Beekman Family and the Washington State University community. Bryce was an incredible kid who always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach) March 25, 2020
As the news spread around The Palouse, teammates, fans, and those who knew Beekman also took to social media.
Man.. lost for words. Heaven has gained an angel. One of the purest souls I have ever met. There was never a day my man Beek wasn't smiling. Rest In Piece. We love you endlessly.. ❤️#Forever26 https://t.co/UHYsPQDyDw
— Max Borghi (@max_borghi) March 25, 2020
Not 1, but 2 in my college career. I just pray for his family because this brought back a lot of emotions. Man.... sometimes I just ask GOD why sometimes??? Watch over us brothas and see you both in heaven! R.I.L. Rest in love 26 and 3.🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/18QLO7TZCy
— Liam Ryan (@liamryan63) March 25, 2020
Rest In Peace to a real legend. I can't put thoughts into words knowing you should be here. It's hard for me to accept that you're gone. My heart hurts but I'm thinking bout yo family. You had a big impact on me in a year, i know you mean the world to them. I love you Kuzzo 😔💔 pic.twitter.com/jms5vTxsbS
— JWoods (@JW13__) March 25, 2020
— Dallas Hobbs (@Dhobbs92) March 25, 2020
— The Stix Are Alright (@StixandHomefrys) March 25, 2020
My best wishes to the family and friends of Bryce Beekman. Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Bryce. I had the great privilage of watching Beekman last season. Please take care and be strong Beekmans! #26forever #cougarfamily #GoCougs
— B.j. Riggs (@BjRiggs5) March 25, 2020
I never interacted with Bryce personally, but in watching interviews back last night I noticed he consistently addressed media asking him questions by sir (no women interviewed him while he was at WSU). Think that says a lot about his character. RIP.
— Brenna Greene (@BrennaGreene_) March 25, 2020
The Washington State football community has lost a member of its family. RIP Bryce Beekman. pic.twitter.com/QJnWFyeJ9i
— Karthik Venkataraman (@KREMKarthik) March 25, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with Beekman's family, his teammates, and Washington State University.
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