Navy Parachutist Dies in Fleet Week Crash

The skydiver, a member of the Navy SEALs commando unit that operates under the Naval Special Warfare Command, was pronounced dead at the Jersey City Medical Center, Rear Admiral Jack Scorby told a news conference outside the hospital.

Military officials say that a Navy SEAL died Sunday after his parachute malfunctioned during an aerial demonstration in New Jersey.

Members of the Coast Guard went into the water to retrieve the parachutist, who was then rushed to a nearby hospital, CBS New York reports. The Navy did not identify the jumper as his next of kin was still being notified.

"He was an angel on earth and role model to all", the statement said. "He lived live to the fullest and taught us to do the same". In the moments before Sunday's tragedy, tourists were snapping photos when things appeared to be going just fine until the Navy Seal's parachute malfunctioned. His parachute landed in a parking lot.

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