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Alcohol suspected in frat pledge’s death

NEWARK, Del. – Authorities are looking into the possibility of an alcohol overdose as part of the investigation of a University of Delaware freshman’s death.

Paramedics were called to a home in Newark just before 3 a.m. yesterday and found Brett Griffin, 18, of Kendall Park, N.J., in cardiac arrest and not breathing.

He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police say Griffin was a pledge of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and was attending a function at the fraternity house. About 40 people were at the house at the time.

Police say that while an overdose of alcohol is being considered as the preliminary cause of the medical emergency, an autopsy will be performed, most likely today.

– Associated Press

Newark, Delaware – Griffin Update Autopsy

By admin • Dec 4th, 2008 • Category: NewsDISCLAIMER – Any Charges Reported in these Press Releases are Merely Accusations and the Defendants are Presumed Innocent Unless and Until Proven Guilty.
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Police Department Press Release

December 4, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SUBJECT: Brett Griffin Update The Newark Police Department has been made aware of the results of the autopsy performed on Brett Griffin, the University of Delaware student who died on November 8. State law prohibits the Newark Police Department from disclosing information contained in the autopsy report. The Newark Police Department’s investigation into the events surrounding Mr. Griffin’s death is still active and remains on-going. Since the case is still being actively investigated, it is premature to comment on any findings to date or the potential final results.

Anyone with information pertinent to the investigation is encouraged to contact Det. Andrew Rubin at 302-366-7110 ext 135 or Further information will be disseminated as it becomes available. There is no schedule for the next release of information.

Media Contact: Lt. Brian Henry, Public Information Officer 302-366-7110 ext. 125 or

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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