The 18-year-old LSU student who died after leaving a party at a fraternity house Wednesday night had alcohol and THC in his system. "And it will not be tolerated at LSU", Alexander said. Officials believe alcohol was involved in the death.
The fraternity's general headquarters said in a statement it is investigating the LSU chapter of Phi Delta Theta after the death and is cooperating with university administrators and law enforcement.
Gruver was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge Thursday morning for a medical emergency and was pronounced dead at the hospital, LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said. According to LSU, Gruver's death is being investigated as a possible hazing incident. King Alexander, the university's president, said in a statement, the New York Times reported. He also called the teenager's death "tragic and untimely", according to NBC11.
The university refused to elaborate what actually happened to the teenager, but said police was investigating the death as a "hazing incident".
"We are investigating this matter with the utmost seriousness...as we have continually warned hazing is risky, irresponsible and unacceptable", Alexander contended. "Final autopsy results pending further studies including toxicology and histological testing", officials said in an update. The fall rush period has ended, and students who received invitations, or bids, to join fraternities are now in a pledging process to become a member.
"A young man's life was cut short last night, and we mourn the loss".
The national office of Phi Delta Theta announced on Thursday evening that it had suspended the university's chapter, adding that its officials had been working with the authorities in Louisiana. "As a result, all, I mean all Greek activities are suspended indefinitely pending the results of a thorough investigation".