Tenn. Student Death Tied to Hazing

N A S H V I L L E, Tenn, March 30, 2001 -- A medical examiner has ruled that a Tennessee State University student who collapsed suddenly while jogging died as a result of fraternity hazing.

Joseph T. Green Jr. of Antioch, Tenn., died as a result of "exercise during fraternity initiation," the coroner's report says.

Green, 25, was taken to Skyline Medical Center after he collapsed on Jan. 29. He was experiencing heart problems and breathing difficulties, and he had a temperature of 103.7 degrees before he died.

The official cause of death is listed as hyperthermia — or high fever — induced by exercise and environment, along with acute asthma attack.

Nashville medical examiner Dr. Bruce Levy said he believed Green was asked to perform various physical activities as part of an initiation into a fraternity.

The medical examiner's information is based on responses to police questioning by students in the fraternity, Omega Psi Phi.