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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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76.

Paulina82    

I feel like tmz is making a mockery of this tragedy, why post this, let this man Rip and leave him & family out the headlines

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77.

billybob    

Cool!

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78.

YouDontSay    

What a beautiful smile. What a sad shame also but his choice.

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Your S&M Girlfriend    

Sooo, was the skydiving excursion part of the package she won or was it something they did on their own? No matter, it's not like Ellen folded the chute incorrectly.

254 days ago
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B4-I-FU-RU-18?    

Wow! Talk about ,a "jump"

254 days ago
81.

HillbillyHell    

"At least he died doing what he lived". Classic.

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joy    

Tragic

254 days ago
83.

Nikolas Anthony    

A free trip? I can't believe he fell for that. ;)

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