Fred Thompson: Oregon State freshman; dead of apparent heart attack.

Oregon State freshman Fred Thompson died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday night in the university's Dixon Recreation Center.

According to a release from the university, Thompson — a 6-foot-4, 317-pound defensive tackle from Richmond, Calif. — collapsed while playing basketball and was transported to nearby Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

He was four days shy of his 20th birthday.

It was so sad to hear about

It was so sad to hear about this special young man who had so much talent and a good future ahead. My son Ishmael and his friends will always miss you.
Connie Page