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Fraternity revokes Florida State charter in wake of pledge's death

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The national fraternity where 20-year-old Florida State University student Andrew Coffey was pledging before his death has shuttered its local chapter, a spokesman said.

Pi Kappa Phi revoked the charter of FSU's Beta Eta chapter on Friday -- immediately forcing an end to all chapter activities and operations, said Todd Shelton, a spokesman for the national organization.

The chapter violated the fraternity's "social event management policies" on Nov. 2, the day before Coffey's death, Shelton said.

"Pi Kappa Phi's board of directors determined closing the chapter is the only appropriate action," said Chief Executive Officer Mark E. Timmes. "Pi Kappa Phi holds our chapters and individual members accountable for the choices they make through our conduct process."

Coffey, 20, was found unresponsive Friday, Nov. 3, after an off-campus party that was attended by more than 50 people the night before.

Officers and paramedics determined Coffey, who was wearing a red FSU shirt and khaki pants, died, according to a news release.

The circumstances of Coffey's death have remained a mystery, but alcohol may have played a role. Police say they are waiting for the results of an autopsy before announcing the cause of death.

The national fraternity organization declined to say what specific policies were broken during the party.


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