Coroner: LSU student had high blood-alcohol level; THC in system

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UPDATE: According to a preliminary autopsy from the East Baton Rouge Coroner, Maxwell Gruver had ‘highly elevated blood alcohol level plus the presence of THC in the urine’. Final toxicology test and full autopsy are still incomplete.

Police at Louisiana State University are investigating whether a fraternity hazing led to the death of a freshman student, according to university officials.

Maxwell Gruver, a Phi Delta Theta Fraternity pledge, died Thursday, LSU Media Relations said.

LSU President F. King Alexander has suspended all campus Greek activities indefinitely.

“As we have continually warned over and over again, hazing is dangerous, irresponsible, and unacceptable, and it won’t be tolerated at LSU, period,” Alexander said. “As a result, all, I mean all Greek activities are suspended indefinitely pending the results of a thorough investigation.”

According to authorities, 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver was pronounced dead around 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Lake hospital.

The suspension applies to both on campus and off-campus activities. An autopsy will be conducted Friday. 

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