Although a Texas Department of Public Safety official said that she had not heard of an incident like Ellis' death occurring in San Marcos in the past three years, alcohol-related deaths involving fraternities are common.
Atascocita High School graduate Matthew Ellis was found unresponsive in an off-campus apartment near Texas State University on Monday, according to the San Marcos Police Department. He was pronounced dead shortly after emergency crews arrived at the Millennium Apartments complex off-campus and found him unresponsive.
Phi Kappa Psi Executive Director Mark Guidi said the organization is "heartbroken" by the death of Ellis, who he described as a new member of the fraternity.
A preliminary investigation suggests Ellis may have died from alcohol poisoning, CBS San Antonio affiliate KENS-TV reports.
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".
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The cause of Coffey's death is still undetermined, pending the autopsy, but police believe alcohol may have played a role in his death.
Ellis, 20, was a sophomore at Texas State studying business administration. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Texas State Community.
Last week, Florida State University indefinitely suspended all Greek life after a freshman pledge died. "I think that would've been a smart move, but, I don't know, I just don't see all of the Greek life being suspended as a good idea considering the good stuff that has come out of some of them", said Haley Wares who also attends Texas State.
University President Denise Trauth says the chapters won't be reinstated until a review is done of the entire fraternity and sorority system on campus.