Medical examiner rules Florida A&M drum major death a homicide

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Posted: Dec 19, 2011 4:48 AM

ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) - A medical examiner has ruled the death of a Florida A&M University drum major a homicide by blunt force trauma sustained during a hazing incident, according to a news release on Friday.

Robert Champion, 26, died after a performance by the school's internationally renowned band in Orlando on November 19.

Champion, a music major from Atlanta who served as one of six drum majors for the 375-member Marching "100" band, vomited and complained that he could not breathe in a band bus in the parking lot of a hotel after the game.

Law enforcement had said they suspected hazing was involved but until now the medical examiner's office had not issued a cause of death.

(Reporting by Barbara Liston; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Jerry Norton)