A senior Navy SEAL has died in Afghanistan, with media outlets reporting the cause of death as suicide.
Forty-two-year-old Commander Job Price from Pottstown, Pennsylvania, was found dead Saturday from a non-combat related injury in Uruzgan Province in central Afghanistan.
The Pentagon said in a statement that the incident “is currently under investigation.”
Both CNN and NBC News quoted unidentified military officials as saying the death was being looked at as a suicide.
Price, who had been a naval officer since May 1993, was married and had a daughter. The family has been notified of the death.
Captain Robert Smith, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Group Two, said in a statement:
“The Naval Special Warfare family is deeply saddened by the loss of our teammate. We extend our condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, and NSW community during this time of grieving.
As we mourn the loss and honor the memory of our fallen teammate, those he served with will continue to carry out the mission.”
Job Price was a senior commander with the Virginia Beach SEAL Team 4. According to his hometown paper, the Pottstown Mercury, Price graduated Pottstown High School in 1989 and was a “standout varsity wrestler and member of the football team.” Both won PAC-1o championships during Price’s senior year. He was also a member of the National Honor Society.
Two weeks ago, a SEAL Team 6 member was killed in Afghanistan during a rescue mission. Nicolas Checque died rescuing an American doctor who had been captured by the Taliban outside Kabul. He died December 8 from combat-related injuries suffered during the mission.