The Florida A&M band has been suspended following the death of a band member last weekend. University President James Ammons announced at a press conference on Tuesday that the famous Marching 100 will not practice or perform while an investigation is conducted to determine what led to the death.
Drum major Robert Champion, 26, was found unresponsive on a bus parked in front of a hotel on Saturday night after a football games against Bethune-Cookman. Before he collapsed, Champion was "vomiting and saying he couldn't breathe," according to the Associated Press report.
Florida A&M has had problems with hazing in the past. Ammons announced on Tuesday that the school has formed an independent task force, which will investigate whether the incident is a result of an ongoing and inappropriate tradition of hazing. Ammons added Florida A&M will cooperate with police who are investigating the death as well.
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