Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tragedy strikes FAMU band following classic

President James Ammons shakes hands with  Robert Champion following the 2011Atlanta Classic football game.

Robert D. Champion, a member of the FAMU Marching 100, and 2004 graduate of Atlanta's Southwest DeKalb High School, collapsed and died late last night in Orlando.


Champion spent the 2011 season as a FAMU drum major. According to his facebook page, he was a Music Technology/Education major, and performed with the band at the Florida Classic earlier yesterday.


FAMU President James Ammons said, "Champion's death was a major loss for the university and our hearts and prayers go out to his family."


Orange County Sheriff Office said Champion was vomiting and complaining of being unable to breath outside the Rosen Plaza Hotel after the Florida Classic game.  His friends called 911 and started to administer CPR.  He was transported to Orlando's Dr. Phillips Hospital where he died.


Sheriff Officials said an investigation is ongoing, and no foul play is suspected at this time.

5 comments:

BCC Wildcat 4 life....#24 said...

Our Wildcat hearts go out to the FAMU family.........on the loss of one of their drum majors.

"Mr.Robert D Champion" thank you for an outstanding last performance. R.I.P.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear this very bad news. My sincere condolensces are extended to his family.

Dr. Julian White has lost control of the Marching 100. Most of the band members do not like him and are threatening to quit. Dr. White must be terminated immediately!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes if what I hear is true, then White and the entire band staff need to go. FAMU cannot defend the 100 anymore. This is not the first time the band has been cited for alleged life-threatening hazing. It's not the 10th or 20th time either. And not to mention that White has lost complete control of the band. Remember when the band got national attention for stealing at a hotel? All this happened under White's nose, and if this happened there is no telling what else is under the surface. White has to GO!

ROBERT LUCAS said...

SURE THE PERSON AT THE TOP HAS TO SHARE SOME OF THE RESPONSIBILITY. BUT STAFF CAN'T BE AROUND THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ALL PF THE TIME.WHEN YOU STEAL OR DESTROY SOMEONES PROPERTY, IT BECOME THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PERSON WHO SHOULD KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG. PLACE THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONG AND THE BLAME GOES WITH THE PERSON.I LOST MY ONLY CHAMPIONSHIP DURING MY FIRST TENUE AT FAMU BECAUSE I FOUND OUT THE DAY OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ONE OF PLAYERS HAD BEEN HAZED BY SIX UPPERCLASSMEN AND I IMMEDIATELY PUT THEM OFF THE TEAM.

Como saber si estoy en ASNEF said...

Great taking the time to build clear the terminlogy into the inexperienced persons!