Commander Job Price shown in this Naval Special Warfare Group TWO handout photograph
A senior member of the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL unit has died in Afghanistan, the Defence Department said on Sunday, and media reports said the death was a possible suicide.
Commander Job Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, died on Saturday of a non-combat related injury in central Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province, the Pentagon said in a statement.
“This incident is currently under investigation,” it said.
Price was assigned to a Naval Special Warfare unit in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the statement said.
NBC News and CNN quoted unnamed military officials as saying that the death was being looked at as a possible suicide, reports Reuters.
Lieutenant David Lloyd, a spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group Two, which comprises the four SEAL teams on the U.S. East Coast, declined to comment on the cause of death, saying it was under investigation.
Price was married and had a daughter. He had been a naval officer since May 1993, Lloyd said.
Captain Robert Smith, the Group Two commander, said in a statement: “The Naval Special Warfare family is deeply saddened by the loss of our teammate. We extend our condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, and NSW community during this time of grieving.
“As we mourn the loss and honour the memory of our fallen teammate, those he served with will continue to carry out the mission.”
SEAL is an acronym for sea, air, land.