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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University has indefinitely suspended its fraternities and sororities after the alcohol-related death of a freshman pledge and cocaine charges for a member of another fraternity.

University President John Thrasher made the announcement on Monday. Thrasher didn't say how long the suspensions will last.

Andrew Coffey, a pledge at Pi Kappa Phi, died Friday after he was found unresponsive following a party. The university suspended the fraternity following Coffey's death.

On Monday, 20-year-old Garrett John Marcy, a member of Phi Delta Theta, was charged with the sale and trafficking of cocaine.

Thrasher has also banned alcohol at all events of recognized student organizations during the suspension.

In September, 18-year-old LSU student Maxwell Gruver died after police say he was forced to drink in a hazing ritual at the Phi Delta Theta house. His blood alcohol level was 0.495. Ten men were arrested in connection to the incident, all booked with misdemeanor hazing. One student also was arrested on a negligent homicide count.

Phi Delta Theta was shut down by the national fraternity organization almost immediately following Gruver's death. 

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