Washington State safety Bryce Beekman has passed away at age 22, according to multiple reports this morning.
A transfer from Arizona Western Junior College, Beekman seized a starting role in the Cougars’ secondary last season. He wound up ranking fifth on the team with 60 tackles and also recorded a pair of pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception.
Beekman was slated to be a key piece of Wazzu’s defense again as a redshirt senior in 2020. A cause of death for the young athlete has yet to be announced.
According to Theo Lawson of the Spokesman-Review, the local coroner’s office is expected to release more details soon. We will update this story when they become available.
I've been able to confirm through Pullman Police that Bryce Beekman, a redshirt senior on #WSU's football team, has died. Pullman Police Commander Jake Opgenorth expects the coroner's office to release more information soon, including the cause of death. Beekman was 22 years old.
— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) March 25, 2020
Since last night, tributes for Beekman from current and former teammates have been pouring in on social media.
25×26 forever 🤞🏽🕊
— Skyler Thomas (@Skydollaa) March 25, 2020
Lil brother I just want you to know I love you & appreciate you as a player, leader and teammate from the bottom my heart Beek 💔one of a kind. Remember the day you was bout to commit to Utah we had boss talk about patients and grinding & everything you wanted fell right in place pic.twitter.com/hN5oNlpQUK
— 58$avage 🤫 (@jahmirjohnson34) March 25, 2020
Fly High 👼🏽❤️ Forever My Dawg🤞🏾💯
— Renard Bell (@RenardBell_) March 25, 2020
— Liam Ryan (@liamryan63) March 25, 2020
Beekman was born in Wisconsin and played his first three years of high school football there. He moved to Baton Rouge, La. for his final season of high school before heading to Arizona Western.
This isn’t the first time the Washington State program has dealt with recent tragedy. In January 2018, former Cougar quarterback Tyler Hilinski committed suicide.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Beekman’s family and friends and the entire Wazzu football family.