Texas State suspends all fraternity, sorority activities following pledge's death

Matthew Ellis

Matthew Ellis, a 20-year-old business major from Humble, Texas, was a fraternity pledge for the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

All Greek chapters on Texas State University's campus have been suspended in the wake of a death that happened Sunday.

Police say it appears Ellis' friends took him back to their place to spend the night but authorities won't confirm there was a fraternity event the night before.

In a statement, university president Denise M. Trauth said she was "deeply saddened" by Ellis' death and was suspending all fraternity and sorority activities at the school.

According to the City of San Marcos, police received a call around 11:35 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 13 about a person not breathing at the apartment complex located at 1651 Post Road. Ellis was found unresponsive and declared deceased at 12:28 p.m. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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According to a preliminary investigation, it's believed Ellis may have died from alcohol poisoning.

The San Marcos Police Department is now investigating. He was pronounced dead after EMS personnel were unable to revive him.

Texas State's Greek organizations must register all social events through the Greek Affairs Office.

As a result of this tragedy, I have suspended activities of all Greek fraternity and sorority chapters at Texas State.

Trauth said all fraternities and sororities will be suspended "until a thorough review of the Greek Affairs system is completed".

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