Parents Of FSU Student Who Died At Party Filing Lawsuit

The parents of Florida State University fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey, who died after an off-campus party, have filed a lawsuit against the frat's national chapter and nine of its members.

Attorney David Bianchi, representing Thomas and Sandra Coffey, filed the lawsuit on their behalf Tuesday in Leon County. They are claiming negligence in the death of their son.

The 15-count civil suit names the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, the landlords who rented the home and the nine fraternity members who were charged with criminal hazing after Coffey's Nov. 3 death.

Coffey, a 20-year-old junior from Pompano Beach, was found dead at an off-campus home where a Pi Kappa Phi party had taken place the night before. An autopsy revealed that Coffey died from alcohol poisoning.

The lawsuit condemns the unchecked culture of the frat and actions of its members, including events like "Big Brother" night that Coffey attended on the eve of his death.

The lawsuit seeks in excess of $15,000 in damages.

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