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Ellen DeGeneres Show prize results in Marine's death via skydiving mishap

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Marine Brandon McGraw died this past weekend after a skydiving accident in Australia, according to an NBC report on Friday. The Marine’s wife Cherilyn won the vacation on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

McGraw, a 33-year-old gunnery sergeant from North Carolina, was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene. His skydiving equipment experienced complications during the jump that resulted in his death. His wife successfully landed from the tandem jump in which she jumped first from the same airplane. The airplane was operated by Skydive Euroa which is a parachuting and skydiving school located in Victoria Australia.

The Marine served in the Iraq and the Afghanistan conflicts and received more than 20 medals and ribbons for his service. He had experience at skydiving.

The wife won the Australian getaway in January of this year during the “Stuff Your Down Under Pants” contest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

DeGeneres reportedly said in a statement that she’s been speaking with Cherilyn, and her staff has been in touch with her as well. She says that Cherilyn has asked that the matter be kept private as she tries to deal with this unimaginable tragedy – and DeGeneres says that she hopes everyone respects that.

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