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Pair of former Navy SEALs died from heart failure, drugs found

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A pair of former Navy SEALs, one of whom was from the San Diego area, died due to heart failure, this according to a press release from the Seychelles Police Force.

According to the release and information from The Union-Tribune, both Mark Kennedy and Jeffrey Reynolds (both 44), were doing work on the Maersk Alabama when they were discovered deceased in a cabin on Feb. 18 in Port Victoria in Seychelles.

The ship became gained notoriety several years back when it was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009, an event later depicted in the movie "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks. Reynolds was residing in the Fallbrook area with his ex-wife, child and parents.

Local police in the Seychelles reportedly found a number of items in the men's cabin, including a number of pills, syringes and a substance later found to have traces of heroin. According to early autopsy results, both men died due to heart failure.

As more testing was done related to their stomach contents and blood samples, a pathologist indicated the heart failure was due to "a combination of heroin and alcohol consumption," the statement noted.

Reynolds, who enlisted in the Navy 1990 and was assigned to a West Coast-based special warfare unit, was discharged in 2000.

Maersk Alabama employs security contractors

Based out of Virginia, The Maersk Alabama, employs security contractors to oversee anti-piracy services. Reynolds and Kennedy were both employed with the Trident Group, a maritime security company founded by former SEALs.

A number of crew members who were aboard the ship when it was hijacked five years ago are currently suing Maersk Line Ltd. and Mobile, Ala.-based Waterman Steamship Corp. regarding the attack.

The five-day hijacking standoff came to an end when Navy SEALs on the USS Bainbridge shot and killed three of the pirates who were holding Capt. Richard Phillips hostage in a lifeboat.

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