Texas State University student's death being investigated


San Marcos Police Department found Matthew Ellis, a student and Phi Kappa Psi pledge, unresponsive Monday morning at an apartment off campus. His friends called 911 at approximately 11 a.m., the day after his fraternity's initiation ceremonies on November 12, when they realized he wasn't breathing.

According to a preliminary investigation, it's believed Ellis may have died from alcohol poisoning.

The city says alcohol may have been a factor in his death - but are waiting on a toxicology report to be sure. It is not clear if they are members of the fraternity where Ellis was pledging.

Records show Ellis was majoring in Business Administration.

At the beginning of this year, four Texas State University fraternities were suspended after student, Jordin Taylor, 20, was found dead after a party at Cool River Ranch in Guadalupe County on October 29, 2016. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Texas State University suspended all fraternity and sorority activities on Tuesday, a day after the death of a Phi Kappa Psi pledge - the latest in a string of similar episodes on campuses across the country.

University spokesperson Matt Flores said the university is investigating whether the fraternity held any social events preceding Ellis' death. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Texas State Community.

Denise M. Trauth, Texas State's president, said in a statement that all Greek activities are suspended.

Trauth added that she was suspending all Greek fraternity and sorority activities while the university completes a review of the Greek system.

The chapter had been suspended by Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Inc. last week for unrelated matters, and will remain suspended while the investigation continues.