BGSU student dies after alleged hazing incident; family to donate his organs

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH/NEXSTAR/WJW) — Ohio-native Stone Foltz, 20, has passed away following an alleged hazing incident at Bowling Green State University.

The family’s attorney confirmed his death on Sunday night. Foltz’s family will be donating his organs.

Cooper & Elliott, LLC., the firm representing the family, released the following statement to FOX 8:

The death of Stone Foltz is a tragedy. He was a beloved son, brother, and grandson. At this time we are gathering all of the facts leading to his untimely death and we have no interest in commenting on speculation. However, we do ask that you please show respect and consideration for Stone’s family. Despite their unbearable grief, they agreed to donate Stone’s organs so that others may have a second chance at life. 

Sean Alto, Partner, Cooper & Elliott

Foltz was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday after “an alleged incident of alcohol-related hazing at an off-campus event.”

Attorney Sean Alto told NewsNation, “The nature of the hazing incident is still being investigated but I can tell you that it involved a large quantity of alcohol consumed in a very short period of time during a fraternity pledge event.”

Earlier Sunday, the law firm told our sister station WCMH that the investigation into Foltz’s death is ongoing, however, the “focus right now is on the family.”

Bowling Green State University says they are cooperating with the investigation.

“Yesterday, Bowling Green State University placed Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity on interim suspension for alleged hazing activity,” according to a BGSU Facebook post. “We are working with local law enforcement, who are actively taking the lead in investigating this unfolding situation.”

Bowling Green State University’s website includes a page on Fraternity & Sorority Life. Pi Kappa Alpha remains listed with no mention of suspension.

The fraternity’s parent organization told NewsNation that Pi Kappa Alpha has a “zero-tolerance policy toward illegal activity, substance abuse, bullying, and hazing of any kind.”

“Let us reiterate in the strongest terms: We refuse to defend or condone any behavior that creates dangerous environments or situations for our members or the larger campus community at any of our 200-plus chapters in the United States and abroad,” the Tennessee-based parent organization said in a statement. 

This is the second incident of a suspected alcohol-related hazing at a fraternity event in less than a week.

Last week, 19-year old Adam Oakes, a freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University, died after being found unresponsive following a Delta Chi fraternity party.

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