Texas State University suspends all Greek activities following death of 20-year-old fraternity pledge

Texas State University has suspended all Greek activities following the death of a 20-year-old fraternity pledge.

Matthew Ellis, a pledge for the university’s Phi Kappa Psi chapter, was found unresponsive Monday by officers with the San Marcos Police Department after attending an “off-campus social event” the night before, Texas State University President Denise Trauth said in a statement today. Friends of Ellis called 911, and Ellis was pronounced dead after first responders were unable to revive him, Trauth said.

Police said they received a call around 11:35 a.m. Monday describing a person who was not breathing at the Millennium Apartments, an off-campus residential complex for students. Ellis was declared dead less than an hour later, police said in a statement.

This image from Google shows Millennium Apartments in San Marcos, Texas.

A preliminary investigation indicates that alcohol may have been a factor in Ellis’ death, police said. Authorities are awaiting the results from a toxicology report from an autopsy on Ellis’ body.

Ellis lived on campus, police said. It is too early to tell if Ellis died as a result of hazing, and it appears that the drinking was done at a private fraternity event, not in public, Kristy Stark, interim director of communications for the City of San Marcos, confirmed to ABC News.

Trauth said she suspended all activities for Greek fraternity and sorority chapters at the university, which are now prohibited from holding events, chapter meetings, social functions and philanthropic activities “until a thorough review of the Greek Affairs system is completed.”

“As president of Texas State University, I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of one of our students,” she said.

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Denise M. Trauth, President of Texas State University, is seen in this undated photo from the university.

Trauth has asked Texas State Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Joanne Smith to “immediately” initiate a review of…

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