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Matthew Ellis

Matthew Ellis

A sophomore fraternity pledge at Texas State University died on Monday, shortly after his friends found him unresponsive in an apartment. He died a short time later.

Based on interviews with people who were with Ellis on Sunday and Monday, investigators believe that alcohol may have been a factor in his death, but toxicology results from the autopsy aren't expected for six to eight weeks, according to Houston's NBC affiliate, KPRC 2.

Ellis passed away in his sleep November 13 off campus, following his fraternity's initiation.

Phi Kappa Psi Executive Director Mark Guidi said the organization is "heartbroken" by the death of Ellis, who he described as a new member of the fraternity.

"I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of one of our students", Texas State President Denise Trauth said in a statement. New member events, social functions and chapter meetings will not be allowed until student affairs completes a review of Greek life at the university. Pi Kappa Phi ousted its Florida State chapter following the incident. The university's Greek organizations are required to register all social events through the Greek Affairs office, Flores said, but Phi Kappa Psi did not have any registered on that day, according to an online calendar of approved social events. "I think it's super unsafe and these things have happened before, so I think it's definitely the right and the smart move", said Texas State Senior Stephanie Cloyd.

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Florida State University took almost identical measures last week in suspending greek life.

Texas state isn't the only school cracking down on fraternities and sororities.

Trauth released a statement Tuesday afternoon suspending all fraternity and sorority activities on campus.

If it is determined that Ellis' death is hazing related, charges could range from providing alcohol to a minor to manslaughter.

"Allegations of violation of the alcohol policy by the fraternity were reported in September, which necessitated the further action", SDSU media relations officer Cory Marshall said.

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