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Ex-Navy SEALs Who Died On 'Captain Phillips' Ship OD'ed On Heroin

Fallbrook resident Jeffrey Reynolds
Fallbrook resident Jeffrey Reynolds

Two former Navy SEALs who were found dead on the Maersk Alabama container ship in February died from a toxic mixture of heroin and alcohol, according to autopsies conducted by Seychelles authorities.

The New York Times reports the autopsies showed Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, both 44, died from heart attacks, and police said the pathologist determined those fatal events were triggered...

“...[by] a combination of heroin and alcohol consumption."

Reynolds and Kennedy were working as security officers for Trident Group aboard the Maersk Alabama, a ship made famous when it was hijacked in 2009 by Somali pirates. The story of the hijacking was turned into an Academy Award-nominated movie called "Captain Phillips."


Reynolds lived in Fallbrook, along with his parents, ex-wife and children. His mother told U-T San Diego upon learning of her son's death:

“[He was a] wonderful, wonderful man who served his country with distinction for a long time.”

According to the Times, the bodies of Reynolds and Kennedy were discovered in their cabins on Feb. 18, alongside pills, syringes and heroin. The night before, witnesses say they saw the men drinking and gambling at casinos on the Seychelles.

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