Conflict & Justice

US medic in Afghanistan dies while skyping with wife


A US army soldier from Bravo company 2nd Batallion 27th Infantry Regiment chats with family at Outpost Monti in Kunar province, on September 24, 2011.


Tauseef Mustafa

From her home in Texas, the wife of a US medic stationed in Afghanistan watched him die over video Skype, the family announced Friday, according to CNN

The cause of Caption Bruce Kevin Clark death's death was not immediately clear. An autopsy is under way, reported MSNBC

The deceased's brother-in-law, Bradley Taber-Thomas, issued a statement saying the 43-year-old father of two died on Monday, at which time "the family was hoping for a rescue and miracle, but later learned that it was not to be," adding that even though the "circumstances were unimaginable, Bruce's wife and extended family will be forever thankful that he and his wife were together in his last moments," reported the Associated Press

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No further explanation was provided as to what killed Clark in the southern Afghan town of Tarin Kowt, said CNN.

Taber-Thomas said the family is "entrusting the military with investigating and with finding out what happened," according to AP. The Pentagon said case is under investigation.

Clarence Davis, the spokesman for the Texas-based William Beaumont Army Medical Center, which deployed Clark to Afghanistan in March, told CNN that he "misspoke" earlier Friday when he said authorities thought "his death was from natural causes."

Clark is survived by his wife and two daughters, ages three and nine, said AP

His family said he had received numerous awards for his service, among them the Army Commendation Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and an Army Service Medal, during is six-year service, according to CNN

The family told CNN that Clark's superior thought he was "awesome," "professional" and "a great asset, leader and friend."

His body was flown to Delaware's Dover Air Force Base on Thursday, said AP