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Bryce Beekman’s death ruled accidental by coroner

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Whitman County’s coroner indicated the WSU senior-to-be died of an accidental overdose.

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More than a month after senior safety Bryce Beekman passed away, the coroner has determined the cause and manner of his death. Theo Lawson of the Spokesman Review reported today the coroner’s findings that Beekman died of an accidental overdose.

“Acute intoxication” of two drugs, promethazine and fentanyl, caused Beekman’s death according to the coroner, who also determined the senior safety died accidentally. Promethazine is a drug most commonly used as an anti-nausea drug, while fentanyl is a narcotic.

Police had originally been called to Beekman’s home on March 24th to a report of breathing problems and he died shortly after. He started every game at safety for the Cougs last year, totaling 60 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.

A GoFundMe page to support Beekman’s family after his passing has raised more than $31,000. If you’re able to, you can still donate here. Defensive lineman Dallas Hobbs also created a sticker to help raise money for the Beekman family, selling out in just a few days.