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Lejeune Marine dies in skydiving trip won on The Ellen Show

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:33:44 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 16 2013 10:53:06 PM CST
EUROA, AUSTRALIA -

A Camp Lejeune Marine has died from a skydiving accident in Australia, a trip that his wife had won on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

According to Capt. Barry Morris with Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, 33-year-old Brandon McGraw was skydiving with his wife in Euroa, Australia, early Saturday afternoon. But something happened after McGraw's chute opened, causing the accident, Morris told NewsChannel 12. What exactly happened is under investigation.

McGraw was a well-trained free-faller, Morris said. Above is a photo taken of McGraw on the plane right before the accident happened, said his wife, Cherilyn.

Cherilyn was doing tandem skydiving with another person at the time, Morris said. She was not hurt.

Cherilyn posted the following message on Facebook after her husband's death:

"My hero. My angel. These are truly such symbolic photos. He was happy and doing what he loved. It's amazing all that photos can capture in a moments time. The last 2 photos taken. I love you more than anything in the world, honey. You are the most amazing man..."

McGraw was a gunnery sergeant and a critical skills operator at Camp Lejeune. He was a 2000 graduate of Brookville High School in Ohio.

There's no word on funeral plans.

McGraw's wife won the skydiving trip on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Jan. 16.