Late Thursday afternoon, the San Joaquin Medical Examiner’s office confirmed initial reports from Tuesday afternoon that GCU forward Oscar Frayer had died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident in the early morning hours of March 23.
Frayer was one of three passengers in a 2021 silver Subaru SUV that burst into flames on I-5 near Lodi, California after hitting the rear end of a California Highway Patrol Car. Two officers were in the vehicle and injured when the Subaru SUV collided with it at 2:30 a.m.
Andrea Moore was another passenger in the SUV who lost her life at the age of 28. The third passenger was not named and it is unknown at this time who was driving and if drugs and alcohol were involved. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Frayer had just completed his senior season at GCU. The Lopes were WAC regular season co-champions and WAC tournament champions for the first time in program history. And Oscar Frayer and the Lopes got to play in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. GCU lost to 2-seed Iowa to end a historic season.
“We love O,” GCU head coach Bryce Drew said in a release put out by the school. “He was the heartbeat of our team with his vibrant, energetic personality. I cannot put into words the hurt and sadness we all feel, but we know he is in heaven and that gives us great joy to know we will be together again.”
Many weighed in on Tuesday night when news of the accident was first reported.
This one hurts and will hurt for a long time. A week ago, I caught up with Oscar here in Indy. His smile as BIG as I’ve ever seen it. Same energy and excitement he always has. Tonight, my heart breaks to lose him. An absolute LEGEND. Love you, O. We will miss you ❤️?
— TJ Benson (@tjbenson1) March 24, 2021
Truly saddened by the loss of one of the best dudes I’ve been around in basketball. Oscar had a special smile that lit up every room he walked into. He left us with his Light Shining at its Brightest! Love You O ? RIP #4
— Brendan Sabean (@BrendanSabean) March 24, 2021
Life is so precious… one of my all time favourite teammates. Love you O pic.twitter.com/wPTer9vjeA
— Gerard Martin (@gerardmartin42) March 24, 2021
I love you O, you was my role model man. You believed in me from the jump, ain’t many people really truly care abut me but you did. Will always be my big bro! @Oscar_Frayer RIP BROTHER! THIS FOR YOU!
— Kyree Walker (@kyreewalker1) March 24, 2021
Tragic and heartbreaking news about Oscar Frayer. First time I saw him play was at Tice Valley & he was in the 6th grade.He was amazing & obviously an elite talent. My prayers go out to his family, GCUMBB , Moreau Catholic HS basketball program & my friend @fknightsays . RIP ??. pic.twitter.com/Q6GceFGBU5
— Mark DeLuca (@coachdeluca33) March 24, 2021
4!! Love you brotha. This one killin me. pic.twitter.com/3IfglcuabI
— DeWayne Russell (@weezyRussell00) March 24, 2021