Alcohol may have led to FSU fraternity pledge's death, police say

Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity

Detectives have yet to announce an official cause of death, though alcohol has been implicated as authorities were spotted collecting bottles and cans of beer that littered the front yard of the home where he died, as reported by Tallahassee Democrat.

While Coffey's death remains under investigation, President Thrasher says the suspension, effective immediately, is needed to review and reflect on the loss of a young life. John Armstrong, who served as president of Florida State's Beta Theta Pi chapter in 1998, said he had mixed feelings about Monday's announcement.

"I just feel like for whatever reason, the message is not getting through", Thrasher said. He says all sorority and fraternity chapters will be prohibited from holding new member events, weekly chapter meetings and chapter organized tailgates, socials or events of any kind until further notice. They will, however, be allowed to stay in their houses and have meal service.

"Like most universities, we worry about alcohol and drug abuse and other unsafe behaviors, and we are doing all we can to educate our students", Thrasher said. "They will have to participate in the solution".

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The press release said the university's Division of Student Affairs will create and implement new measures in collaboration with students and other stakeholder groups.

Police arrived at around 10 a.m. and were unable to revive Coffey, pronouncing him dead at the scene, according toWPLG.

Neighbors said a party took place there Thursday night before FSU's Parents Weekend.

Coffey was reportedly a pledge for the Phi Kappa Pi Fraternity.

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