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Marine dies on Ellen trip: Man killed in air landing, Australian trip a tragedy

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A Marine died on a trip from Ellen DeGeneres that his wife won by chance is a truly tragic story leaving an impact in the news today. Brandon McGraw, a 33-year-old man, was killed this weekend in a parachute accident when his air landing suddenly went wrong, causing him to slam into the ground at a high rate of speed. Investigators are still looking into what might have caused the horrific incident, while an outpouring of support has been given to his wife and recent widow after she memorialized her husband with photos of the happy couple on Facebook this week. The New York Daily News shares what occurred in the fatal fall this Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

The Marine who died on an Australian trip gone wrong that was provided by the always giving Ellen DeGeneres lost his life this Saturday afternoon while the two were down in Eurora. After landing with a crash, the 33-year-old man’s wife, Cherilyn, was close by as her husband suffered cardiac arrest before soon being pronounced dead at the landing site. The man’s identity has been confirmed as Brandon McGraw.

While many may have viewed this distant skydiving vacation to be an incredible one, a freak parachute accident killed one man, marking the very first fatality at the air landing locale in Australia. Eye witnesses asserted that as he was floating down for his landing, his parachute abruptly malfunctioned, and the marine was tossed erratically from left to right before he slammed back to earth.

“The Afghan and Iraq war veteran, who’d watched his wife Cherilyn safely perform a tandem jump with an instructor seconds before, went into cardiac arrest after he’d made contact on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the tragic accident by 12:30 p.m.. … Gunnery sergeant McGraw was based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The couple was from Huntington and married back in late 2011.”

McGraw’s wife had won several months back the popular “Stuff Your Down Under Pants” contest on the excellent Ellen DeGeneres show, and had successfully won a trip for two way Down Under. Cherilyn said that the moment she had won the tickets, she knew she wanted to go with her husband.

As noted in the press release on the tragic marine dies trip Ellen story, the widow has since taken to Facebook to tell of her husband’s patriotism to his country and love of his family and friends, calling him a great man on the social media site.

Citing him her “hero” and a true “angel,” the heartbroken woman uploaded the devastating final photo of him smiling on board the aircraft just a minute before jumping.

“These are truly such symbolic photos,” she added with the photos. “He was happy and doing what he loved. It’s amazing all that photos can capture in a moments time … I love you more than anything in the world, honey. You are the most amazing man.”

Located near Melbourne, Australia, the Eurora Skydiving school is looking into the fatal parachute accident and crash landing. In over 30 years, it is the first case of a death on the popular jumping site.



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