A cause of death has not been determined for 22-year-old Washington State football player Bryce Beekman, but officials say the returning starter had requested medical assistance for breathing problems before he was found unresponsive inside his residence this week. The Spokesman reports there were no signs of foul play and Beekman’s cause of death could take months.
“There aren’t a lot of details I can provide at this time, but I can confirm the death of Bryce Beekman,” Pullman Police Commander Jake Opgenorth told CougFan.com this week. “Any further details will be released by the Whitman County Coroner’s Office.”
From The Spokesman:
According to a daily activity log, Pullman Police responded to a 5:44 p.m. phone call from an apartment Opgenorth would later confirm belonged to Beekman. The call was listed on the activity log as “breathing problems.” Beekman was already dead when Pullman Police arrived at the apartment on Northeast Harvey Road in Pullman.
According to Opgenorth, there were no signs of foul play. Beekman According to an email from Whitman County Coroner Annie Pillers, it will take “2 to 3 months” to determine the cause of Beekman’s death. Amid the “ongoing investigation,” the coroner’s office is not providing any additional information at this time.
A former transfer from Arizona Western Junior College, Beekman arrived in Pullman last January and was an instant contributor in the secondary, starting all 13 games. Beekman finished with 60 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two pass deflections. His interception highlighted Washington State’s comeback win over Oregon State on Nov. 24.
According to CougFan.com, Beekman was rated the seventh-best JUCO safety in the 2019 class and No. 67 player overall. He had double-digit offers to his name, signing with the Cougars over then-Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich, Rutgers, Kansas State, Syracuse, Southern Miss and many others.
He took his official visit to Pullman for the College GameDay showdown against Oregon and announced his commitment to the team a month later. He knew Washington State was where he belonged.
“When I was on my official visit, it felt like home,” Beekman told CougFan.com after his commitment. “The whole atmosphere there, and how the team is, I just felt like this was the best place for me.”
CougFan.com analyst Braulio Perez contributed to this story.