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'Ellen'

Man Dies

After Winning Australian Trip On TV Show

12/19/2013 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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A Marine died in a parachute accident last weekend -- during a trip his wife won on the "Ellen" show.

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Cherilyn McGraw won a trip to Australia on "Ellen" last January.  Cherilyn and her husband, Gunnery Sgt. Brandon McGraw, took the trip last week.  On Saturday, the two of them went skydiving in the same plane.  Cherilyn made a tandem jump, but Brandon was experienced and followed by jumping solo.

An employee from the skydiving school tells TMZ ... approximately 300 feet from the ground, Brandon's parachute suddenly caused him to turn radically right and left and he crashed to the ground.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Cherilyn posted a message on Facebook with photos inside the plane before the jump, saying, "My hero. My angel.  These are truly such symbolic photos.  He was happy and doing what he loved."

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Chica    

Maybe they should stop giving away high risk prizes.

219 days ago
32.

TaylorMoorby    

Ellen gave them a trip to Australia. THEY made the decision to skydive there. She didn't give them a skydiving trip. Wow.

219 days ago
33.

idremhd    

I knew he was in trouble after he jumped and I couldnt find my book bag

219 days ago
34.

Me_me_me    

Some of these comments are infuriating!!!!! How can you say such awful things??? I have known this man since we were just kids and he deserves better. Never in my 32 years have I know a better man!!!! He has touched every one who ever met him. You people make me sick!!!!!

219 days ago
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Smichaud84    

For those of us who knew and loved Brandon... Let's leave this trash to continue to be exactly what it is- and ignore it. If Cherilyn sees this, the outcome of that for her will be far worse then the fury we feel right now. Let's just move along.

219 days ago
36.

Holly    

Those of you who want to be rude must remember this man belongs to someone's family. He has a wife and people who see this. This is my husband's cousin. He was a marine and very experienced. He knew what he was doing. He was a good guy and your comments can hurt others. How would you like to read these comments about your family? Shame on you all for putting no thought into your posts. Let this family deal with their grief and not your stupid comments. You did not know him or you would never say such things. A great man who was proud to serve his country.

219 days ago
37.

Becky    

Wife WON a trip to Austrailia. She did not win skydiving jump. Skydiving was their decision.

219 days ago
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cindy    

While I understand their sentiment I believe the family and friends of this poor hero who died should just shut up already and stop trying to put out every fire that an immature comment makes. This is the internet and people say things that are stupid. Love your family, grieve together but please stop acting like this one topic and the death of your loved one is the first time that you've seen something insensitive said on the internet.

219 days ago
39.

Misfitttt    

headline FAIL

219 days ago
40.

Jennifer    

If Ellen gets blamed for this, I will be pissed.

219 days ago
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Mommy845    

My heart goes out to his family and friends . Seriously making rude and hurtful comments and this family is in mourning is ridiculous. We still need so much growth as Americans and human period. This man fought for u to be able to sit here and make a mockery of his death. Learn appreciation and respect die those who put their lives on the line everyday so you can waste it making rude and disrespectful comments. My prayers are with this family be strong . 💔

219 days ago
42.

Marina326    

OMG! This is horrible. . .

219 days ago
43.

Ciganos01    

Lawsuit anyone!

219 days ago
44.

tmzcommenter    

This is what happens to people who are adrenaline junkies like this guy or Paul Walker. If you take chances with your life eventually you're going to have an accident or wind up dead.

219 days ago
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richard92105    

Ellen should hand over her piles of cash to the widow

219 days ago
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