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Respiratory failure named as cause in deaths of 2 US SEALs



NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Police on the island nation of Seychelles say that two former U.S. Navy SEALs found dead aboard the ship Maersk Alabama died of respiratory failure and were suspected to have had heart attacks, possibly from drug use.

The police said Monday that a syringe and traces of heroin were found in their cabin. Police said samples are being sent to Mauritius for analysis to establish if the men had consumed "a substance" that could have caused the health failures.

The ship the men worked on, the Maersk Alabama, was the focus of a 2009 hijacking dramatized in the movie "Captain Phillips."

Officials named the two men as Mark Daniel Kennedy, 43, and Jeffrey Keith Reynolds, 44. They worked for the Virginia Beach, Virginia-based maritime security firm The Trident Group.

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Larry February 26 2014 at 12:34 PM

Just anoither reason to suspect this regime is lying to us.

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Joebudgie February 26 2014 at 12:01 PM

Yes they were both ex navy seals with super training and an almost compulsive desire to maintain health and strength. Maybe they resigned out of the navy seals because they couldn't "keep up" anymore with declining health, maybe they both developed a liking for drugs and were forced out. We won't ever really know. With seal background they were a shoo in for the jobs on the Maersk Alabama to protect it's crew and cargo from pirates. But I'm always suspicious of "coincidence". I think there is a lot more to this story than we suspect.

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tcwaterland February 26 2014 at 9:26 AM

I find this extermely difficult to believe..two highly skilled eminently qualified Navy Seals! Regardless a tragic loss!

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rostra tcwaterland February 26 2014 at 9:45 AM

Retired SEALS! In addition, I trained at Coronado in 71, and served 71 - 77, and had friends who were in fact drug users, and alcoholics. Demographics have no boundaries, and these addictions hit teachers, cops, military, executivesx, politicians etc.

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sstuczynsk February 26 2014 at 10:23 AM

Great cover story. Covering someone's A**. If you be;ieve this story, I know of a brige in Brooklyn that is for sale.

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bdkimball sstuczynsk February 26 2014 at 1:27 PM

Pity you dont know how to spell BRIDGE!

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rphowell February 26 2014 at 10:16 AM

They take us for real idiots! Obviously they were murdered. A cheap little set up of syringes at the scene. Must be the same crew that took out Marilyn Monroe. If you have ever known a SEAL, you know what a set up this is. May God be with you, all you SEALS!

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BLONDIE & GRUMPY February 26 2014 at 10:35 AM

Respiratory Failure, eh? Two trained seals who have endured dives and breathing exercises suddenly have respiratory failure, it doesn't wash kids...

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buffalogal BLONDIE & GRUMPY February 26 2014 at 11:22 AM

Respiratory failure can be caused by IV drug overdose.
Heart attacks/MIs can be caused by respiratory failure.
Now for the autopsy reports...that is if we get access to them and if they are published.
BTW, whose jurisdiction will these deaths fall under?

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joemaiz February 26 2014 at 8:50 AM

Seems someone is trying a cover up and blaming 2 dead Seals with a syringe and "substance" in their cabin. Need for the government to step in and get the truth told.

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walt.hafer joemaiz February 26 2014 at 9:31 AM

LMAO, the 'government' step in to get to the 'truth', really.

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sue walt.hafer February 26 2014 at 10:16 AM

walt: I don't think joe thought that one through before posting.LOL

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slackwarerobert joemaiz February 26 2014 at 9:37 AM

Who do you think planted the syringe in the first place? A movie producer perhaps.
Isn't it always convenient how they come up with an excuse to hide the bodies they create with their we won philosophy.

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English welcome February 26 2014 at 5:30 AM

I'm just not buying it!

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STAN English welcome February 26 2014 at 6:36 AM

I'm not buying it either, at least not yet. Actually I probably won't ever buy it. Too much strange stuff going on during this administration, and if you can fake conditions around a death, you can fake an autopsy.

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Glen February 26 2014 at 2:41 AM

And the heroin deaths keep rising...

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Cath's February 26 2014 at 5:11 AM

Something is very wrong with this story including how short and sketchy it is. Nothing is mentioned about a full scale investigation. Just not buying this piece of journalism.

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markishss Cath's February 26 2014 at 5:22 AM

Or the Seal that was shot in the head last year at a Texas Shooting range

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termor52 Cath's February 26 2014 at 6:57 AM

I don't think this is funny

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