No official cause of death has been released but a spokesperson for the Pullman Police Dept. tells TMZ Sports there is an active investigation into the situation, as with all death cases. He said Beekman "was always positive and well respected".
"We send our deepest condolences and prayers to the Beekman family and his many friends". He finished fifth on the team with 60 tackles and one interception.
Beekman transferred to Washington State from Arizona Western Junior College and became a starter last season. He was expected to be part of an experienced Washington State secondary going into this season.
First-year Washington State coach Nick Rolovich informed the team of Beekman's passing on Tuesday night. "My heart goes out to his family and friends".
Beekman was well-liked by his teammates and coaches - several of whom have already commented on social media.
"Cherish your loved ones". Former quarterback Tyler Hilinski committed suicide in January 2018, and it was later revealed that his brain showed signs of CTE. "Every second matters", offensive lineman Liam Ryan shared.
Rolovich had a conference call with reporters on Tuesday (before learning of Beekman's death) and said that he thought a majority of his team's players were not in Pullman. Washington State has moved to an online/remote learning platform in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Classes are not in session at Washington State because of the coronavirus outbreak and spring practices have been indefinitely put on hold.
The brother of Virginia incoming point guard Reece Beekman died Tuesday night in Pullman, Wash., according to police reports.