Autopsy report: Alcohol to blame for Texas State pledge's death

Matthew McKinley Ellis, 20, a pledge for Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at Texas State University, was found dead last November at an off-campus apartment. (Photo courtesy: Ellis family)

An autopsy report for Matthew McKinley Ellis, a Texas State University fraternity pledge, says that alcohol is to blame for his death.

Ellis, 20, was found dead on November 13 at an off-campus apartment. He was a pledge for the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and investigators believe he had attended a party related to the fraternity the night before.

San Marcos police say Ellis' friends called 911 at approximately 11:35 a.m. from The Millennium, an off-campus apartment complex in the 1600 block of Post Road, and told dispatchers he was not breathing.

When medics and police officers arrived, they found Ellis unresponsive. He was declared dead at approximately 12:30 p.m.

According to the autopsy, Ellis' blood alcohol count was .38, which is more than four times the legal limit of .08 for drivers in Texas.

After Ellis' death, Texas State University suspended all fraternity and sorority activity, including new-member events, chapter meetings, social functions and philanthropic activities, until a thorough review of Greek life on campus is completed.

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