LSU student's death may have been caused by hazing, officials say

LSU student's death may have been caused by hazing, officials say

LSU student's death may have been caused by hazing, officials say

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office released their initial autopsy results conducted on Maxwell Gruver, of Roswell, Ga., Friday morning.

There were no internal or external injuries, however, cerebral and pulmonary edema were noted. He said blood and urine tests found that Gruver had a highly elevated blood-alcohol level and also the presence of THC in his urine.

Additional details were not released by campus police. King Alexander said police are investigating allegations that alcohol was a factor. Stay with WDSU.com for updates.

"As we have continually warned over and over again, hazing is risky, irresponsible, and unacceptable, and it won't be tolerated at LSU, period", Alexander said.

Clark's office said final autopsy results are pending toxicology and histological testing that could take up to four weeks to complete.

"Our honest condolences are extended to Mr. Gruver's family and friends", Clark said in the statement. Gruver, an 18-year-old pledge from Georgia, had been taken from the fraternity late Wednesday or early Thursday after an alleged hazing incident, report the Times-Picayune and Atlanta Journal Constitution. It is unknown whether the house mom was in the fraternity house the night before or on the morning of Gruver's death, he added.

Crime scene tape was seen up around the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house on Thursday afternoon and, as of this writing, all Greek activities are suspended at LSU as the university investigates Gruver's death. We are investigating this matter with the utmost seriousness. "It will not be tolerated at LSU, period".

Since March 2015, at least three fraternities have been kicked off the LSU campus, according to an investigation by KATC.

Just a year ago, LSU officials put the fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha on probation after two new members were sent to the hospital in the spring, KATC reported.

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