A Texas State University fraternity pledge has died — continuing the alarming trend of deaths at public university fraternities

  • A 20-year-old Texas State University fraternity pledge died Monday.
  • Texas State suspended all Greek organization activities.
  • It is the fourth fraternity pledge to die in 2017.


Texas State University on Tuesday suspended the activities of all Greek organizations following the death of a pledge — the second such death at a college fraternity in a month, and the fourth this year. 

Matthew Ellis, 20, died on November 13 following an initiation into his fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, The University Star reported. An investigation is currently underway, but preliminary findings indicated that alcohol may have played a role in his death.

Texas State President Denise Trauth emailed the community following Ellis' death, announcing the suspension of all Greek activities pending a review.

"As a result of this tragedy, I have suspended activities of all Greek fraternity and sorority chapters at Texas State," Trauth wrote, according to The University Star. "These chapters are prohibited from holding new-member events, chapter meetings, social functions and philanthropic activities until a thorough review of the Greek Affairs system is completed."

The scene appears all too familiar. Earlier in November, Florida State University indefinitely suspended the activities of all Greek organizations following the death of a pledge and the arrest of a fraternity member on charges of drug trafficking.

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Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey reportedly died at an off-campus party.

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Detectives investigate death of Andrew Coffey, 20, an FSU student from Pompano Beach https://t.co/DgqezCktKa https://t.co/ECE22UnjVK
Florida State University bans fraternities and sororities after student's death https://t.co/6S89dAqeuL
An update from Chief Michael J. DeLeo regarding the Andrew Coffey case. TPD extends our condolences & sympathy to h… https://t.co/ddL0zdHCZ5
FSU Pres. cites death of pledge, Andrew Coffey & cocaine charges on other student as reasons to suspend Greek life… https://t.co/rzhVSEz8vE
FSU student charged with sale and trafficking of cocaine after officers raid Phi Delta Theta fraternity house: https://t.co/mxNeqTKhYG
Greek Life suspended after death of Pi Kappa Phi pledge and arrest of Phi Delta Theta member for selling cocaine: https://t.co/ub7Uq4o4Lr
FSU suspends all fraternities, sororities following death of a pledge https://t.co/pyMnSs4Hje
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In September, a Louisiana State University freshman named Maxwell Gruver, 18, died after participating in a fraternity hazing game where he had to drink alcohol when he answered a question incorrectly, The New York Times reported.

And after a Penn State sophomore named Timothy Piazza, 19, died in February after a fraternity hazing event, university officials suspended fraternities and sororities from holding social activities during the spring semester. The Penn State Board of Trustees also passed a package of new rules designed to change Greek life. 

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About the life that Timothy Piazza was creating, before his tragic death at age 19. https://t.co/ul6jqMghXV
"Gruesome" surveillance video is key part of prosecution's case in Penn State hazing death https://t.co/aQDJSipbU3 https://t.co/NpR8OM0Rup
Penn State hearing to decide whether the Timothy Piazza case goes to trial. https://t.co/kfvWy8V8FB
Penn State Board Of Trustees To Hold Public Meeting After Frat Related Death https://t.co/p3xADZT8UO #PSU #TimothyPiazza
The parents of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza who died after a hazing ritual blame his fraternity brothers for “murder”… https://t.co/1A83ckECGV
Prosecutors show PSU frat video from party where pledge died  via @PittsburghPG
The details keep getting worse... Penn State pledge ‘looked like a corpse’ before death from frat-house hazing… https://t.co/1WP793hzgM
Jonah Neuman is one of 18 people facing charges after Timothy Piazza died in February. #WATE https://t.co/9uJY7PnWZt
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