Florida State fraternity pledge dead after off-campus party

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"Unfortunately we've got to take steps with our students, to make sure this never happens again".

During the suspension, President Thrasher also banned alcohol at all "Recognized Student Organization" events.

The death of a fraternity pledge at Florida State University has sparked a police investigation and the suspension of the fraternal organization's local chapter, officials said. After the February hazing death of 19-year old Timothy Piazza, Penn State suspended fraternities and sororities from holding social activities during the spring semester.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the student's family and friends", Pi Kappa Phi CEO Mark E. Timmes said in a statement obtained by ABC News.

"Although there are indicators that alcohol may have been a factor in this case, we are waiting for the results of an autopsy so no cause of death has been determined", said Police Chief Michael DeLeo.

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Andrew Coffey, a Florida State University student and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pledge, died Friday after attending a house party.


Students will be allowed to remain as residents in their fraternity or sorority house. FSU has more than 700 organizations outside the Greek community, according to the press release. "They will have to participate in the solution", Thrasher said.

Coffey graduated from Pompano Beach High School in 2015.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported officers were collecting alcoholic beverage bottles that were scattered on the home's porch as evidence. He was given treatment but pronounced dead at the scene. Check back for updates.