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FAMU band suspended after student's death

TALLAHASSEE, FL (CNN) --  The band that once took part in President Obama's inauguration has been sidelined.

The famous Florida A&M Marching 100 is on suspension as police investigate whether the death of 26-year-old drum major Robert Champion had anything to do with hazing.

"FAMU has a zero tolerance for hazing," says University President James Ammons. "And that any alleged acts of hazing will be dealt with as a criminal act."

Hundreds came out to a memorial service held for Champion Tuesday night.

At the service, FAMU Band Director Julian White said "His march has ceased but his memory will linger on."

Champion died after performing at the Florida Classic in Orlando Saturday.

Bandmates say when they returned to their hotel he complained he was having trouble breathing and threw up.

The university admits at least 30 band members were let go earlier this semester for alleged hazing.

Now there are plans to form a task force to look into the band's history with the practice.

"To determine if there are any unauthorized and questionable activities associated with the culture of the Marching 100."

What exactly caused champion's death is still a mystery.

Medical examiners say they need to perform more tests before they have the answer.

FAMU's president says the Marching 100 will remain suspended during the investigation of Champion's death.

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