A Florida State University (FSU) fraternity pledge’s lips were purple and body was stiff when his friends found him unresponsive on a couch the morning of November 3, according to a newly released 911 call.
“We had a party last night and my friend passed out on the couch on his side,” a man tells the 911 operator. “And his lips are purple, his body’s extremely stiff and I can’t wake him up and honestly I don’t feel a pulse.”
Andrew Coffey, a Pi Kappa Phi pledge, died following an off-campus fraternity party. In the 911 call, which lasts nearly 11 minutes, multiple males voices can be heard in the background. At times, the men gasp or sigh loudly. One of them mutters “Oh, God,” as the operator instructs them to move Coffey to the ground.
The 911 operator instructs the caller to start chest compressions and continue until paramedics arrive.
A medical examiner ruled Coffey died from alcohol poisoning. His blood alcohol level was .447 during his autopsy, but estimated to be around .558 at the time of his death. According to our news partners at the Tallahassee Democrat, Coffey drank an entire bottle of bourbon.
Coffey’s death sent shockwaves across the FSU campus, with President John Thrasher suspending all Greek activities days later. Earlier this week, Thrasher partially lifted that suspension to allow philanthropy and recruitment. An alcohol ban still remains in effect.