Air Force Academy

Air Force cadet died of blood clot in lung, autopsy finds

A coroner has determined that Air Force Academy Cadet 3rd Class Hunter Brown died of a blood clot in his lungs that was caused by an injury to his left foot that he sustained during football practice weeks earlier, according to a copy of Brown’s autopsy report that was provided to Task & Purpose.

El Paso County Coroner Jarod Murdoch has ruled that Brown’s Jan. 9 death was accidental, the autopsy report says. The Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper first reported on Murdoch’s findings.

Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Brown, 21, was majoring in management while pursuing a minor in French at the academy. On cadets’ first day back from winter break, Brown collapsed while on his way from his dormitory to class. First responders on the scene were unable to revive him.

“The academy’s thoughts remain with Cadet Brown’s family at this very difficult time,” the Air Force Academy said in a statement to Task & Purpose on Friday. . . . (read more on Task & Purpose)



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