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Attorney says suit planned in band death
Attorney says family plans to sue after Florida band student dies of suspected hazing
By The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) ' An attorney says the family of a Florida A&M University drum major who died of suspected hazing will sue the school.

Attorney Christopher Chestnut says the family of 26-year-old Robert Champion is spending the holiday weekend planning Champion's funeral. The Atlanta resident was found unresponsive on a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel on Saturday night after the school's football team lost to rival Bethune-Cookman.

Police say Champion had been vomiting and complained he couldn't breathe shortly before he collapsed. While the official cause of death hasn't been determined, law enforcement officials say they believe some form of hazing took place before 911 was called.

Chestnut says Champion's family wants to raise awareness of the issue of hazing in college bands. The school didn't immediately comment on the attorney's remarks.

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