Coroner: WSU football player Bryce Beekman’s death caused by fentanyl overdose, promethazine

Coroner: WSU football player Bryce Beekman’s death caused by fentanyl overdose, promethazine

Bryce Beekman, the Washington State football player who was found dead last month, died of a fentanyl overdose and promethazine, the Whitman County Coroner’s Office said Friday.

Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins said an officer responded to a call for help involving “breathing problems” at Beekman’s apartment on March 24.

Beekman’s family released a statement that reads in part:

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"Today we were informed by the Whitman County Coroner’s Office that Bryce passed away due to an accidental overdose of fentanyl and promethazine. Our family has many outstanding questions. We genuinely appreciate all the support we have received from the Pullman Police, the Coroner’s office, and the Dean of Students office and Athletics Department at Washington State University. We are working closely with the Pullman Police to get our questions answered and ultimately help prevent this from happening again to anyone else’s son or daughter. "

Beekman started all 13 games last season for Washington State after transferring from Arizona Western College. He finished fifth on the team with 60 tackles and one interception. He was expected to be part of an experienced Washington State secondary going into this season.

WSU’s Director of Athletics Pat Chun also released a statement regarding Beekman:

“We are aware of the Whitman County Coroner’s report regarding Bryce’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Bryce’s family, friends, and teammates. We continue to support all of our student-athletes in this difficult time.”

All WSU students needing immediate assistance can contact the 24/7 WSU Crisis Line at 509-335-2159. Staff and faculty can receive assistance at the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) State toll-free number at 1-877-313-4455.

Opioid use and misuse are a national crisis and their impact is felt at an alarming rate. If you or someone you know is struggling with opioids, please call the National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 or visit the National Opioids Crisis website at

Out of respect to the family and law enforcement, Washington State University will have no further comment.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.