An 18-year-old University at Buffalo fresh student who was involved in a possible hazing incident last week at a college fraternity died Wednesday, university officials said.
The student, Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, from Port Chester, N.Y., had been on life support since Friday evening.
“Our hearts go out to Sebastian’s family for the devastating heartbreak they are experiencing,” UB president Satish Tripathi said in a statement announcing his death.
“As we grieve Sebastian’s passing today and well beyond, it is my hope that each of us pauses to remind ourselves that we can only uphold our humanity by treating each other with dignity, compassion and kindness,” he added.
The report of a possible hazing-related incident last Thursday had prompted Tribathi to suspend all Greek life activities at the university in western New York.
The purported incident took place at the Sigma Pi house, according to WKBW-TV in Buffalo.
The nature of the alleged hazing was not immediately clear. Police officials told the Buffalo News that Serafin-Bazan was performing exercises from Thursday night into Friday morning when he began to experience physical distress.
The Buffalo Police Department said at the time it was investigating the matter and that a student had been rushed to the hospital with a “serious medical condition” believed to be the result of the incident of “potential hazing.”
The Buffalo News reported that Serafin-Bazan had no alcohol or drugs in his system but went into cardiac arrest during possible hazing that included forced exercises by fraternity brothers.
Serafin-Bazan had been recently treated for a respiratory ailment, the newspaper said.
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