Frat pledge dies after drug- and alcohol-fueled night of partying – New York Post

A SUNY Oneonta freshman from Long Island died from a combination of drugs and alcohol after a night of partying at an off-campus fraternity that he was pledging, according to a report.

Daniel William Michaels, 18, was found passed out on a couch at a house where members of the Alpha Pi fraternity live, shortly after midnight Saturday, the Daily Star of Ostego County reported.

“Oneonta considers the students part of the community, and the loss of an 18-year-old member of the community is really heart-wrenching for everyone,” said Oneonta Police Chief Douglas Brenner.

The business economics student from Dix Hills, Long Island, was pledging the frat, students told the paper.

The fraternity operates off-campus and is not recognized by the school, meaning it doesn’t have to follow rules set for Greek social organizations, including rush policies.

“The college has no affiliation with groups it does not recognize. Such groups operate independent of the college,” said Hal Legg, executive director of communications at the school.

A group picking up a friend at the home noticed Michaels and alerted authorities. He was taken to Fox Memorial Hospital and died of cardiac arrest, police said.

A preliminary toxicology report found amphetamines and benzodiazepines in the freshman’s blood, Ostego County Coroner Terry Knapp said, adding that he may have ingested them separately or combined in an ecstasy or “molly” pill or powder.

Michaels’ blood alcohol levels were below the legal limit, the report found.

Police said foul play was not suspected.

A GoFundMe page set up to fund a scholarship in Michaels’ name had raised over $17,000 as of Tuesday.

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