LISTEN: 911 call released in FAMU drum major's death | News
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Newly released 911 audio paints a disturbing picture of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion's condition before he died.
The 26-year-old was found unresponsive Nov. 19 on a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel after the school's football
team lost to a rival.
In a recording obtained by The Associated Press Thursday, an emergency dispatcher can be heard telling an unidentified man to place Champion on his back and clean any vomit from his nose and mouth.
The audio indicates Decatur native had already stopped breathing at the time of the call.
The call was disconnected before the caller could say if he was successful.
Champion was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Investigators have said his case is linked to hazing.
Bus company: Driver did not witness any hazing
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 drum major Robert Champion collapsed and died after an 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.