LSU Investigating Death of Student as Possible Hazing Incident

Frederick Owens
September 15, 2017

"And it will not be tolerated at LSU", Alexander said at a Thursday news conference.

While Alexander emphasized the circumstances of Gruver's death are still under investigation by LSU Police, he said "hazing is unsafe, irresponsible and unacceptable, and it will not be tolerated at LSU, period".

The student, Maxwell Raymond Gruver, 18, was taken from the Phi Delta Theta fraternity on Thursday morning to a hospital because of a "medical emergency" and was later pounced dead, the university said in a statement. LSU President F. King Alexander agreed with the unnamed source, confirming that alcohol was involved.

Update 5:25 p.m.: The LSU chapter of Phi Delta Theta has been suspended by the national Phi Delta Theta organization.

"We at the LSU community are grieving today". The student is being identified as Maxwell Gruver.

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"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Gruver family, and all who knew Max, during this very hard time". An autopsy will be conducted Friday.

The Phi Delta Theta house at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Max Gruver, of Roswell, Georgia, died at Our Lady of the Lake hospital after leaving the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house, said LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard.

Alexander said there were allegations that Gruver's death was related to hazing and alcohol, but cautioned that it still is an "evolving situation". Check back with CrimeOnline for more information as it becomes available.

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