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San Diego State suspends fraternity after death

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Phi Kappa Theta chapter at San Diego State has been placed on interim suspension, pending the conclusion of an investigation into the death of a student in the fraternity's house, the university announced Wednesday.

Criminal justice major Barzeen Barzanji, 20, was found about 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Phi Kappa Theta house located on the outskirts of the campus. He was discovered unresponsive in a bed, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office, which was withholding a cause of death ruling until toxicology test results are available.

Paramedics pronounced Barzanji dead at the scene.

Barzanji did not belong to Phi Kappa Theta but was president of another fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, according to university records. He reportedly attended a party at Phi Kappa Theta with his cousin the night before he died.

While on interim suspension, Phi Kappa Theta is expected to cease all activities, with the exception of chapter programs approved in advance by SDSU officials. According to a university statement, no unapproved guests are allowed in the fraternity's housing, which must remain alcohol and drug-free throughout the suspension.

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