• FAMU student had vomit in mouth before death


    ORLANDO, Fla.,None -  A 911 caller said a Florida A&M University band member had vomit in his mouth in the moments before he died, according to audio of an emergency call released Thursday.  

    The unidentified man told the emergency dispatcher that Robert Champion had stopped breathing and was unresponsive, according to the audio obtained by The Associated Press. The caller said that Champion had just thrown up.

    "We need an ambulance ASAP," the caller said. "His eyes are open but he's not responding."   

    Authorities say hazing played a role in Champion's death, but they have not released any more specifics as they continue to investigate.

    The dispatcher told the man to place Champion on his back and clean any vomit from his nose and mouth. But the call was disconnected before the caller could say if he was successful.

    Before the call ended, the man told the dispatcher he was going to attempt to resuscitate Champion. He also is heard ordering another man to get a defibrillator from inside the hotel.

    The 26-year-old Champion was found unresponsive Nov. 19 on a bus parked outside an Orlando, Fla., hotel after the school's football team lost to a rival.

    FAMU's band director, Julian White was fired as part of the fallout over Champion's death. The school says it will conduct an independent review, and the group that oversees the public university system in Florida says it also will carry out an investigation.

    The owner of the company that transported Florida A&M University band members says the driver did not hear or
    see any commotion on the bus before Champion collapsed and died after the apparent act of hazing.

    Ray Land, president of Fabulous Coach Lines, says his company has transported the "Marching 100" to many games and never had
    any incidents of hazing or inappropriate conduct on the buses.

    Land told The Associated Press Thursday the driver transported Champion and other band members back from their game to the Orlando
    hotel where they were staying the night. She was helping students unload their instruments when Champion collapsed.

    He said the driver is shaken up over what occurred and that their experience with the band has always been positive.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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