Mike Leach reacts to the passing of Washington State starting safety Bryce Beekman
If you missed the tragic news out of Pullman, Washington State starting safety Bryce Beekman was recently found dead. He was only 22.
Information on Beekman’s cause of death is sparse, as the only details released thus far come from The Spokesman-Review. According to an activity log from local police, a call came in from Beekman’s residence and cited “breathing problems” as the reason for the emergency call.
At this time, no foul play is suspected in Beekman’s passing.
A native of Baton Rouge, Beekman started all 13 games for the Cougars last season after transferring in from Arizona Western Junior College. In his only season with Washington State, Beekman recorded 60 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception for the Cougar defense.
Of course, Mike Leach was Beekman’s head coach last season and the new Mississippi State coach issued his reaction to the tragedy with the following comment on Twitter.
“Heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the Beekman Family and the Washington State University community. Bryce was an incredible kid who always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.”
Washington State was scheduled to be in the middle of spring practice at this time, which just adds to this tragedy, as Washington State’s medical team may have been able to catch any medical issue that Beekman was suffering from before he passed.