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Navy Broadcaster's Mysterious Death Under Investigation (Video)

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov

U.S. and German authorities are investigating the death of U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov. The 31-year-old, who worked as a broadcaster for American Forces Network-Europe, was found dead Dec. 14 in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

According to a news release from U.S. European Command, Chepusov, a native of Edgewater, N.J., was found unresponsive in a privately-owned vehicle...

... and subsequently pronounced dead by German medical authorities called to the scene by German law enforcement officials.

Lt. Col. Sherri Reed, commander of AFN-Europe, said of Chepusov's passing:

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our own. Dmitry was a true shipmate, always watching out for his fellow servicemembers. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Sean M. Patrick, Broadcast Manager at AFN-Europe, wrote on Chepusov's Facebook page:

"I met Dmitry on my last visit to HQ. He was great at his job, but also friendly, down-to-earth, genuine - rare traits these days (sadly). Very sorry to hear it, sincere condolences to his family."

A private memorial service is planned for Thursday at Ramstein Air Base, according to the U.S. European Command news release.

Here is a sample of Chepusov's work I found posted on YouTube:

Dmitry Chepusov