LSU Suspends Greek Activities Following Freshman's Death

LSU Suspends Greek Activities Following Freshman's Death

An 18-year-old LSU student died Thursday in a possible fraternity hazing incident involving alcohol.

Dr. William Clark, the East Baton Rouge coroner, said there was no internal or external trauma to Gruver, but marked cerebral and pulmonary edema were observed.

The preliminary results of Maxwell Gruver's autopsy showed evidence of a highly-elevated blood alcohol level and the presence of THC. These findings will be confirmed in detail through our own toxicology testing. Final autopsy results could take weeks. King Alexander, the university's president, said in a statement, the New York Times reported. Stay with WDSU.com for updates.

Alexander added, "Hazing is risky, irresponsible and unacceptable and it will not be tolerated at LSU, period".

In addition to LSU suspending all fraternities and sororities, the national chapter of Phi Delta Theta said it would follow suit. The most notable was the death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, who died in February after an alcohol-related hazing incident at Pennsylvania State University's Beta Theta Pi fraternity. That office then notified the university's police, which began investigating, Ballard said.




A fellow fraternity member took Gruver to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center's emergency department Thursday, where he was pronounced dead shortly before noon, according to the coroner's office. He also called the teenager's death "tragic and untimely", according to NBC11. "The chapter and any individuals who are found to have violated our policies will be held accountable", said Bob Biggs, the chief executive at Phi Delta Theta.

"We're committed to investigating this situation thoroughly".

Just previous year, LSU officials put the fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha on probation after two new members were sent to the hospital in the spring, KATC reported.

Alexander said he wasn't aware of any arrests made in connection with the freshman's death.

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