Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, of Westchester County, had been in critical condition at Buffalo General Medical Center since early Friday morning.
Serafin-Bazan, a freshman at UB, had been ordered to perform exercises inside a house associated with the Sigma Pi fraternity on Custer Street, according to two police sources.
The 18-year-old had recently been treated for a respiratory ailment, possibly the flu, the sources said.
Buffalo police homicide detectives have been investigating and UB officials suspended all official Greek-letter fraternity and sorority activities at least through the fall.
“Our hearts go out to Sebastians family for the devastating heartbreak they are experiencing,” Tripathi said in a written statement. “We extend our sincerest condolences to the Serafin-Bazan family and to all of Sebastians friends here at UB and in his hometown of Port Chester, N.Y. We join them in mourning the tragic loss of a member of our UB family.
“If you are struggling, please know that our university counselors are here to provide you support in the aftermath of this terrible loss. As we grieve Sebastians 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 said.
Police sources said Serafin-Bazan was performing exercises from Thursday night into Friday morning when he began to experience physical distress.
A neighbor told The Buffalo News that she was told by one of the fraternity brothers that Serafin-Bazan was carried outside the Custer Street house in order to get some fresh air after he fell and hit the back of his head on a coffee table.
Another neighbor told the News he saw four or five people carry a person from the house and set him down on the front lawn of the home. One of the individuals stayed on the scene while the others fled, the neighbor said.
An ambulance crew was dispatched just after midnight Friday morning to 69 Custer St., according to emergency radio transmissions archived at Broadcastify.com. A caller told the dispatcher a person was on the front lawn in cardiac arrest.
UB officials announced later that day the university was suspending official fraternity and sorority activities. On Monday, the school announced it was suspending activities of Greek-letter organizations at least until the fall semester while an internal review is conducted.
“The entire Sigma Pi family is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Sebastian Serafin-Bazan,” Executive Director Jonathan Frost said in a written statement. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to Sebastians family and friends during this extremely difficult time. We remain in communication with the Buffalo Police Department and university officials, and have offered our support for their ongoing investigation. We will be initiating an internal investigation and review once the police have concluded their fact-finding.”
In this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 file photo shows the University at Buffalo campus in Buffalo, N.Y. Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, a University at Buffalo student, died Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from a suspected hazing incident last week. The 18-year-old freshman from Port Chester, N.Y., was hospitalized early Friday morning after the incident at an off-campus house. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)
BUFFALO, N.Y. – A university student in upstate New York has died following suspected hazing that led to a suspension of fraternity and sorority activities.
University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi says Sebastian Serafin-Bazan died Wednesday. The 18-year-old freshman from Port Chester was hospitalized early Friday after the suspected hazing at an off-campus house.
Details of the case involving the Sigma Pi fraternity have not been released. Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo says police are investigating whether drugs or alcohol were involved and are awaiting autopsy results.
In a written statement that the university said would be its only comment Wednesday, Tripathi extended condolences to the student's family and friends.