Fans will be shocked to hear that Social Media Star Spencer Webb Is No More.
Oregon duck thrill-seeker Spencer Webb got a fatal accident as he fell and hit his head on the water slides at a famous swimming lake near Eugene, Oregon.
Authorities responded to the incident at Triangle Lake around 2:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday. According to the sheriff’s office, after receiving reports that someone was injured near rockslides in the area.
The Rock Slides are tilted rock formations that visitors to Triangle Lake use as “natural waterslides” that are surrounded by waterfalls and swimming areas.
Once they arrived, deputies said they discovered Webb unconscious at the scene “approximately 100 yards down a steep trail” and learned from others that he was “recovering in the area” before he fell and hit his head. Webb could not be revived.
The sheriff’s office described Webb’s death as an apparent accident, as they had found no evidence of foul play at their last update.
Webb’s teammate Isaah Cocker said this on social media. “Shocked. Beyond believe,” he captioned it on Instagram with photos of them.
NFL player Arik Armstead, who played collegiately at Oregon, tweeted a video of him and Webb shaking hands in the locker room. “Calm down, bro,” Armstead wrote. “A young man with a hopeful future gone too soon.
Raised in Sacramento, Webb became a celebrated rider while playing football at Christian Brothers High School.
The 22-year-old was set to play his fifth football season at the University of Oregon and was found about 100 yards (91 meters) down a steep trail near Triangle Lake on Wednesday afternoon.
He was not responding and could not be resuscitated by paramedics or bystanders, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
More details about his death were not provided, but authorities said it appeared accidental.
Webb was also a social media star. His TikTok account, where he often posts about his life and sporting achievements, has more than 550,000 followers.
Triangle Lake and nearby Lake Creek Falls are popular destinations for swimmers, who navigate the naturally formed rock slides with an inner tube and swim in several swimming holes.
Webb was expected to compete for the starting tight end position with Terrance Ferguson and Maliki Matavao this fall, The Register-Guard reported.
In his four seasons at Oregon, Webb had 31 receptions, 296 yards and four goals.
His first career goal was his most famous game, a 20-yard catch over a linebacker on a ball thrown by Justin Herbert in the 2019 season opener against Auburn.
The player nicknamed “Spider” was a coincidentally four-star player from Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento; the newspaper said Top 10 tight ends and No. 1 in California.
On Wednesday, several Oregon coaches and players acknowledged Webb’s death on social media.
“So full of life every bit of the day,” football coach Dan Lanning tweeted. “Your grin and vitality will be missed, Spencer!”
Like his late grandfather, Donald Webb, Spencer was a multi-sport athlete.
When the Ducks were depleted by injuries in the 2018-19 season, he was invited by Oregon men’s basketball coach Dana Altman as a practice player but ultimately did not join the team, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
Webb is pulled through by his older brother, Cody, who became Spencer’s legal guardian ten years ago, sister-in-law Alicia, an aunt and uncle, all of whom helped raise him.