11 Months After Death of Fred Thompson, His Mom and Best Friend Try to Move on

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11 Months After Death of Fred Thompson, His Mom and Best Friend Try to Move on

Cora Wilcots' life unraveled in just 20 minutes. She was at work in downtown San Francisco on Dec. 7, on phone with Fred Thompson, her only son, a 6-foot-4, 317-pound defensive tackle for Oregon State. A "big teddy bear" who intimidated people with his size and melted them with his smile, Thompson was planning a surprise trip home from Corvallis to celebrate his 20th birthday in Oakland four days later.

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