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17 September, 2017

Maxwell Raymond Gruver, 18, was taken from the Phi Delta Theta fraternity to a nearby hospital Thursday morning where he died shortly after.

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.

Louisiana State University freshman Maxwell Gruver arrived at the Phi Delta Theta house in the hope of being admitted to the fraternity as an official member. A comprehensive toxicology report will take up to four weeks to be completed. "As we continuously warned over and over again hazing is risky, irresponsible and unacceptable and will not be tolerated at LSU period", Alexander said.

King Alexander said police are investigating allegations that alcohol was a factor.

LSU suspended all of its Greek activities on Thursday after an alleged hazing incident led to the death of a student, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (the student was from the Atlanta area).

The process of initiating applicants - or "pledges" as they are known - involves events which include alcohol, and has led to the deaths of several U.S. students in recent years.

Recruitment at fraternities and sororities ended last month at LSU, The New York Times reported. Phi Delta Theta's national office is also investigating.

"We're committed to investigating this situation thoroughly". Phi Delta Theta suspended the university's chapter in the wake of Gruver's death. "We are investigating the matter with the utmost seriousness", Alexander said.

A chapter at Middle Tennessee State University was put on probation in August 2016 amid allegations of hazing, that included blindfolding pledges in the woods, and use of hard drugs, according to NBC affiliate WSMV. "Our deepest sympathies and prayers go to his family and his friends", Alexander added.


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