Statements from LSU


Ernie Ballard, LSU Media Relations director:

I can confirm that LSU Police are investigating the death of 18-year-old Maxwell Raymond Gruver, an LSU freshman from Roswell, Ga. LSU Police are investigating this case as a potential hazing incident involving Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Maxwell was transported to Our Lady of Lake this morning (Sept. 14) for a medical emergency and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The case is currently under investigation. We will keep media updated as more information becomes available.

From LSU President F. King Alexander:

We in the LSU community are grieving today.

The death of Maxwell Gruver was tragic and untimely. A young man’s life was cut short last night, and we mourn his loss and the possible impact he would have made on the world. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go to his family and friends.

There are allegations that Maxwell’s death was related to hazing, but I want to emphasize that this is an evolving situation. We are investigating this matter with the utmost seriousness. As we have continually warned, hazing is dangerous and unacceptable. It will not be tolerated at LSU. Period.

All Greek activities are suspended indefinitely, pending the results of a thorough investigation.

Again, our deepest condolences go out to the Gruver family.