Texas State Sophomore Dies After Fraternity Initiation Ceremony


  • Texas State University

A sophomore fraternity pledge at Texas State University died on Monday, shortly after his friends found him unresponsive in an apartment. His death may have been alcohol-related, according to police.

Matthew Ellis, a 20-year-old business major from Humble, Texas, was a fraternity pledge for the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. His friends called 911 at approximately 11 a.m., the day after his fraternity’s initiation ceremonies on Nov. 12, when they realized he wasn’t breathing. He was pronounced dead shortly after emergency crews arrived at the Millennium Apartments complex off-campus and found him unresponsive. Ellis lived on campus, not at the complex where he was found, according to KXAN.

Ellis’ cause of death has yet to be determined, but police said alcohol may have played a factor. Judge Maggie Moreno ordered an autopsy, and Ellis was sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office, the University Star reported.