His friends called 911 at approximately 11 a.m., the day after his fraternity's initiation ceremonies on November 12, when they realized he wasn't breathing. Ellis was a pledge for Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
An autopsy has been ordered.
In February, Penn State University student Timothy Piazza died after a hazing ritual at a fraternity house, a story that garnered national headlines and spurred the university to deliver a range of sanctions on Greek life. He was staying at the off-campus apartment complex with four other fraternity members.
Earnest said it is too early in the investigation to confirm whether there was hazing or if anyone would be charged in connection with the death.
San Marcos police Cmdr.
Texas State's Greek organizations must register all social events through the Greek Affairs Office.
The university is investigating whether Phi Kappa Psi held any social events the night before Ellis was discovered dead, Matt Flores, assistant vice president for Texas State University Advancement-Communication, told ABC News.
Texas state isn't the only school cracking down on fraternities and sororities.
The cause of Coffey's death is still undetermined, pending the autopsy, but police believe alcohol may have played a role in his death. No arrests have been made at this time.
I support Florida State University President John Thrasher's suspension of fraternity activities due to the recent death of a fraternity pledge. Matthew Ellis, a 20-year-old business major from Humble, Texas, was a fraternity pledge for the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
Emergency responders pronounced Ellis dead at 12:28 p.m.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire [Texas State] student body during this hard time", Guidi said. "I think that would've been a smart move, but, I don't know, I just don't see all of the Greek life being suspended as a good idea considering the good stuff that has come out of some of them", said Haley Wares who also attends Texas State. These chapters are prohibited from holding new-member events, chapter meetings, social functions, and philanthropic activities until a thorough review of the Greek Affairs system is completed.