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‘Overwhelmed with sadness’: Florida fraternity under investigation after pledge dies

Florida police are investigating the Tallahassee chapter of a fraternity after a pledge was found dead on Friday morning after a party, as reported by Fox News.

Andrew Coffey, 20, is alleged to have died at the party, which occurred off of the Florida State University campus. Coffey was a civil engineering major and a pledge at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

Detectives have yet to announce an official cause of death, though alcohol has been implicated as authorities were spotted collecting bottles and cans of beer that littered the front yard of the home where he died, as reported by Tallahassee Democrat.

Police arrived at around 10 a.m. and were unable to revive Coffey, pronouncing him dead at the scene, according to WPLG.

“All attempts to revive the person were unsuccessful,” Officer David Northway told reporters.

FSU has suspended the fraternity as the investigation continues, according to Todd Shelton, a spokesman for Pi Kappa Phi. This suspension also extends to their web presence, as the chapter’s official webpage and Facebook page have both been taken down.

Amy Hecht, vice president for student affairs at FSU, released a statement on Coffey’s death, as reported by Sun Sentinel

“We are overwhelmed with sadness any time we learn of the death of one of our students, and the FSU family provides extensive outreach to their family and friends as they deal with the tragic loss of a young life,” she wrote. “We do not yet have details surrounding the passing today of student Andrew Coffey, but we will work closely with the Tallahassee Police Department as it investigates to determine the facts surrounding this case.”

Pi Kappa Phi Chief Executive Officer Mark E. Timmes also expressed grief over the student’s passing.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family and friends,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Tallahassee Police Department at 850-891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

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