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Deadliest sniper in US military history shot and killed 'point blank'

Published on Feb 4, 2013 6:11 AM
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In this April 6, 2012, photo, former Navy SEAL and author of the book American Sniper, Chris Kyle poses in Midlothian, Texas. A Texas sheriff has told local newspapers that Kyle has been fatally shot along with another man on a gun range, Saturday, Feb 2, 2013. -- PHOTO : AP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The man hailed as the deadliest military sniper in US history has been shot to death at a Texas firing range, allegedly by a former soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The death of former Navy Seal Chris Kyle, 38, was confirmed on Sunday by FITCO Cares, a foundation he helped start that worked with returning soldiers to help them cope with PTSD - the same ailment that the alleged shooter is said to have suffered from.

Mr Kyle was also the author of a best-selling book released last year, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History. Mr Kyle was a former US Navy Seal sniper credited with killing more than 150 insurgents in Iraq, during four tours of duty, from 1999 to 2009.

"Chris Kyle helped establish this foundation and we are committed to make sure his memory lives on forever," FITCO said in a eulogy to Kyle posted on its website. "Please pray for all those who loved Chris. He will be forever missed."

 
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