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Coroner Confirms Fresno State Freshman Died Of Alcohol Poisoning At Frat Party

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Theta Chi fraternity on the Fresno State campus. (FresnoStateNews.com)

Theta Chi fraternity on the Fresno State campus. (FresnoStateNews.com)

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FRESNO (CBS/AP) — The coroner said alcohol killed an 18-year-old Fresno State freshman who was partying at a fraternity house.

The Fresno Bee said Philip Dhanens had swelling of the brain due to acute alcohol consumption.

Coroner David Hadden said on Monday that Dhanen’s’ blood-alcohol level was 0.36 at the time of his death.

The Bakersfield teen was only a couple weeks into his first semester of college when he pledged with the Theta Chi fraternity.

He died after attending an Aug. 31 drinking party at the fraternity house off campus.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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