Oregon State: Football Player Fred Thompson Dies

Oregon State says freshman football player Fred Thompson has died.

School officials say the 19-year-old Thompson was playing basketball on campus Wednesday when he collapsed. He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Thompson, 6-foot-4 and 317 pounds, was a true freshman defensive tackle from Richmond, California.

The university said football coach Mike Riley was off-campus recruiting and was en route to Corvallis.

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