Announced early Wednesday morning, Washington State safety Bryce Beekman has died, according to Pullman police commander Jake Opgenorth.
Confirmed to ESPN and The Spokesman-Review, Beekman passed away but no cause of death or any other information was immediately provided. Opgenorth did say that the Whitman County Coroner’s Office would release more information soon.
Only 22 years old, Beekman started all 13 games a season ago for the Cougars, making 60 total tackles, forcing a fumble and intercepting one pass.
Several Washington State players took to social media to pay respect and to mourn Beekman’s tragic death.
One of the purest souls..— SopJr. (@EasopWinston) March 25, 2020
Fly High ❤️ Forever My Dawg— Renard Bell (@RenardBell_) March 25, 2020
Fly High big dawg ✊— Hunter Dale (@HunterDale_1) March 25, 2020
Cherish your loved ones Every second matters......— Liam Ryan (@liamryan63) March 25, 2020
❤️— Dallas Hobbs (@Dhobbs92) March 25, 2020
Got your wings big bro ❤️— BJack (@BrennanJ88) March 25, 2020
Rest easy brotha had the pleasure to room with you during fall camp and I’ll never forget it. Watch over us while you rest in paradise #26— Rob Valencia (@RobN_Valencia) March 25, 2020
Beekman transferred to Pullman after playing two seasons at Arizona Western and logged over 600 snaps in his first year with the Cougars. He recently had travelled home to Louisiana to see his little brother play in a state championship basketball game. Reece Beekman, his younger brother, is the No. 1 rated high school basketball player in the state of Louisiana and is committed to play for Virginia next season.
We will continue to update this story as new updates are made available.
We send our thoughts to Cougar Nation, the WSU football team and to the entire Beekman family.