Nov 20, 2011

Orlando (TheFamuan)- A FAMU student and drum major, Robert Champion, died late Saturday night on International Drive in Orlando, Capt. Angelo Nieves, Unit Commander with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, reported. The 27-year-old male was unconscious when OCSO and paramedics arrived on the scene, and was found on a student bus.

He was then transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No foul play is suspected, said Deputy Ginette Rodriguez, Public Information Officer for OCSO.

The 'Marching 100' was staying at the Rosen Plaza hotel at 9700 International Drive when the incident was reported.

The university is waiting for more information from the Orange County Sheriff's Office before they issue a formal statement.

Circumstances surrounding the student's death are still being investigated.

I really don't know what to say right now. My heart definitely goes to out to the family of Robert Champion and to my fellow Rattlers. Going to the classic should be a time of enjoyment, but yet we are faced with having to say good-bye to one of our own. The whole thing is really sad.


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