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Report: Alcohol, marijuana found in LSU student’s autopsy

Update 12:00 p.m. – The parish coroner said Friday that a preliminary autopsy found elevated alcohol levels and marijuana in the bloodstream of an LSU student who died this week, according to reports.

The Advocate reports 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver died after being taken to the hospital Wednesday night from the Phi Delta Theta house.

LSU President F. King Alexander suspended all Greek activity on the campus Thursday. A spokesperson said LSU Police were investigating Gruver’s death as a hazing incident.

Phi Delta Theta’s parent organization suspended the LSU chapter as a result of the incident. CEO Bob Biggs said they were cooperating fully with campus and local authorities to investigate what happened.

“We’re committed to investigating this situation thoroughly. The chapter and any individuals who are found to have violated our policies will be held accountable,” Biggs said.

Alexander said they were told alcohol played a part in Gruver’s going to the hospital, but authorities did not release an official cause of death.

Police surrounded the Phi Delta house on Dalrymple Drive with crime scene tape Thursday. The last time a student connected to a fraternity died from alcohol on the campus was in 1997, according to The Advocate.

Image: Maxwell Gruver / Facebook


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