Louisiana State University (LSU) officials are investigating the death of an 18-year-old student, as reported by WBRZ.
Max Gruver was taken to the hospital after leaving an LSU fraternity house, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office. According to LSU, Gruver’s death is being investigated as a possible hazing incident.
Crime scene tape was seen up around the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house on Thursday afternoon and, as of this writing, all Greek activities are suspended at LSU as the university investigates Gruver’s death. Additionally, the national Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters has announced that it is suspending all operations of the fraternity’s chapter on LSU’s campus.
East Baton Rouge Parish coroner Beau Clark told reporters that his office will be conducting a full autopsy in order to determine the 18-year-old’s exact cause of death, as reported by LSU news site Tiger TV. Clark noted that they should have preliminary findings by Friday afternoon.
An unnamed source connected to the situation has told Tiger TV that alcohol was likely a factor in Gruver’s death, though it remains to be seen if it was self-induced alcohol poisoning or some type of hazing ritual. LSU President F. King Alexander agreed with the unnamed source, confirming that alcohol was involved. He also called the teenager’s death “tragic and untimely,” according to NBC11.
LSU spokesperson Ernie Ballard released the following statement on the heartbreaking and mysterious death.
“LSU officials are aware of an incident that occurred last night involving a fraternity. LSU is currently investigating and will report as soon as more information is available,” he wrote.
According to LSU’s official Greek life calendar, next week is scheduled as “hazing prevention week.”
This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with CrimeOnline for more information as it becomes available.
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