Marine Corps identifies PFC who died after collapsing at Twentynine Palms

While Pfc. Tyrell Audain’s death remains under investigation, it was not caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Marine Corps identifies PFC who died after collapsing at Twentynine Palms

The Marine Corps has identified a Marine who died on April 15 while training at Twentynine Palms, California as Pfc. Tyrell J. Audain.

Audain, 19, joined the Marine Corps in September and was assigned to the Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School at Twentynine Palms at the time of his death, according to his official record.

While Audain’s death remains under investigation, it was not caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), said Capt. Sam Stephenson, a spokesman for Marine Corps Combat Development Command.

Marine Corps Times first reported on Thursday that Corps officials had identified Audain as the Marine who died at Twentynine Palms.

The commanding general of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Ground Combat Center, announced on April 15 that a Marine had collapsed during physical training and then been pronounced dead at a hospital despite efforts to save his life. 

At the time, Audian’s next of kin had just been notified so his name had not yet been officially released.

“On behalf of the command team, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the Marine's family, friends, and unit,” Brig. Gen. Roger Turner wrote in an April 15 Facebook message.

UPDATE: This story was updated on May 2 to include a Marine Corps photograph of Pfc. Tyrell J. Audain.

Jeff Schogol

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