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Just hours after BCU beat FAMU 26 to 16 in front of 60,218 at the Florida Citrus bowl, a FAMU student was found dead aboard a bus parked in front of a hotel on International Drive Saturday night.

Deputies arrived to the Rosen Plaza hotel at 9700 International Drive about 9:46 p.m. to find the 26-year-old man unresponsive on a bus. They transported him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies say the young man complained of trouble breathing before being found unresponsive on the bus.

His friends tried CPR and called 911 his father said, but he would later be pronounced dead in an Orlando Hospital.

FAMU’s student newspaper, The Famuan, identified the man as Robert Champion, a drum major for the Rattler’s award-winning “Marching 100″ band.

Champion’s Facebook page said the Atlanta-native is a music technology and education major at the Tallahassee historically black university.

There are RUMORS going around that hazing may have been involved but BMS can NOT confirm any of that – we will wait for the autopsy report before stating a cause of death.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Ginette Rodriguez said there were no signs of foul play but detectives are still investigating.


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