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Marine dies in skydiving accident during trip wife won on Ellen DeGeneres' show

A Marine vacationing with his wife in Australia died Saturday during a skydiving trip, an employee of the skydiving company said.

Gunnery Sgt. Brandon McGraw reportedly recently returned from Afghanistan and was on a trip that his wife had won during a contest on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

“McGraw watched his wife do a tandem jump before exiting the plane,” Ian Matthews, an employee at Euroa Skydive, told JDNews.com. “He floated for three or four minutes with a good canopy,” he said, adding that McGraw was an experienced skydiver.

“A short time before landing, he suddenly began turning his parachute dramatically to the left and right and eventually crashed into the ground,” Matthews told the news site.

Emergency responders declared McGraw dead at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

McGraw was assigned to Camp Lejeune, N.C., WTKR.com reported.

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