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Associated Press Published: January 31, 2014

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — An Alaska-based paratrooper has died after collapsing following a jump.

U.S. Army Alaska officials say in a release that the soldier died Thursday night at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

The statement says there's no indication the soldier had a hard landing or that there was equipment failure during the parachute jump he completed prior to collapsing.

The Army says it appears the soldier had packed up his gear and was preparing to leave when he collapsed. It was unclear how long he was on the ground before the drop zone safety officer found him.

He was rushed to the Anchorage hospital and underwent emergency surgery, but was pronounced dead just after 8 p.m.

The Army is investigating the death. The soldier's name won't be released until his next of kin have been notified.

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