Coroner: LSU student's body had marijuana, elevated alcohol


A preliminary autopsy done by the East Baton Rouge coroner's office found that Gruver had highly elevated blood alcohol level and the presence of THC in his urine.

Maxwell Raymond Gruver died after he was taken to a local hospital for a "medical emergency" early Thursday, Ernie Ballard, the university's media relations director said. "Final autopsy results pending further studies including toxicology and histological testing". "As we have continually warned, hazing is risky and unacceptable". The president of the school, F. King Alexander, stated the school was in mourning over Gruver's death.

LSU is investigating the death of freshman Maxwell Gruver, according to New York Daily News.

No cause of death was released.

A fraternity member was kicked out after being arrested for an alleged sexual assault not connected to any fraternity event at the University of Wisconsin-Madison last October.

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

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According to LSU's official Greek life calendar, next week is scheduled as "hazing prevention week".

The Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters also is investigating the incident and the fraternity, and has suspended the frat's operations while the investigation is underway.

All Greek activities on the campus of LSU have been suspended indefinitely. "We are investigating the matter with the utmost seriousness", Alexander said.

"We're committed to investigating this situation thoroughly".

Alexander offered his "deepest sympathies and prayers" to the student's family and friends.

"As of 1997, Phi Delta Theta chapter instated rules to be an alcohol-free fraternity and "properties are to remain free from alcohol by anyone, at any time, under any circumstance", as written on the national website".