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OSU to hold celebration of life ceremony for football player

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CORVALLIS, OR (KPTV) -

Oregon State University will hold a celebration of life ceremony Thursday for a football player who died last month.

Fred Thompson died on Dec. 7, 2011 while playing basketball on campus. He had a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, where the heart muscle becomes enlarged. During exercise, the condition can lead to cardiac arrhythmia because of the heart's increased thickness, the medical examiner said after Thompson's death.

Thursday's service starts at 3 p.m. at in OSU's Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center on campus.

Two team chaplains will preside over the ceremony. Head football coach Mike Riley is also scheduled to speak.

Thompson, a 6-foot-4, 317 pound freshman, was from Richmond, Calif., and played at Oakland Tech High School. At the time of his death, Thompson was getting ready to fly home to celebrate what would have been his 20th birthday.

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