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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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61.

Francoise    

Awful

255 days ago
62.

Nate    

Talk about bad PR.

255 days ago
63.

Yurra Knutz    

DAMN!

Well that's not good.

R.I.P.

255 days ago
64.

quotesfly    

RIP to Ellen.... My favorite Sports Person..

255 days ago
65.

intrigued    

She gave them the trip, not a life-risking sky dive. She can't be responsible for them willing to risk and losing a life over dumb decisions!

255 days ago
66.

Wonderlandchick    

No one made them go skydiving. They won the trip Ellen gave away. THEY chose to go skydiving, so uh yea Ellen didn't make them jump out of a plane. Experienced or not, risks with everything.

255 days ago
67.

love-truth-freedom    

That's awful. May he rest in peace.

255 days ago
68.

Valentizzle    

Why even put Ellen's name in this. That's f$&@/! Up!

255 days ago
69.

LSU_kitten    

Well that sucks :-/

255 days ago
70.

Umanyways    

How morbid is that. That's why I'll never sky dive. I ain't got no time for that wasteful s***t !! You could lose all you have or all what you could do on some risky a*** flying in the air.

255 days ago
71.

bgg    

If Ellen had stayed out of his life, he would still have one.

255 days ago
72.

niles    

Now the wife will sue Ellen for millions.

255 days ago
73.

Gretel    

Every time I read or hear the comment about someone who died "doing what they loved" it makes me crazy. I'd say the abject terror and certainty of death pretty much overrules any thoughts of having a good time, and they're still dead.

255 days ago
74.

Mindy    

He had many jumps but died on one of his skydives that happened to be while on a trip that his wife won on Ellen? What does Ellen have to do with this? She didn't give away the skydive. She gave a skydivers wife a trip.

255 days ago
75.

Zarley    

Skydiving?Well he must have signed a waiver so (Ellen)does't get her A$$ $ued.

255 days ago
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