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Arizona State Sun Devils

Updated Feb 2, 2013 - 7:01 pm

Former ASU TE Tyrice Thompson dies from stab wounds

Arizona State's Tyrice Thompson (81) celebrates their 45-40 win over Rutgers at the Insight Bowl football game, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

Tyrice Thompson, who played football at Arizona State from 2004 to 2007, died Saturday after being stabbed five times during a bar room altercation last Sunday.

Thompson, 27, was working as a bouncer at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale and was stabbed five times in the back, hip and arm after an altercation that started inside the establishment was moved outside. Thompson was transported to Scottsdale Health Care-Osborn.

Scottsdale Police arrested 26-year-old Ian MacDonald of Tempe after review of video surveillance gave them probable cause that he stabbed Thompson.

The South Mountain High School graduate started his Sun Devil career as a walk-on in 2004 and played in 46 games during his ASU career. As a senior in 2007, he caught 15 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came in his last home game at Sun Devil Stadium against Arizona in a game ASU won, 20-17.

In August of 2008, Thompson signed as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts but was later waived.

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