The admiral who oversees US Navy forces in the Middle East has been found dead at his home in Bahrain of a ‘suspected suicide’.
Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, who took over command of the 5th Fleet and Naval Forces Central Command in May, was found dead on Saturday. He was 58.
Officials say no foul play is suspected and defense officials told CBS News they are calling it an ‘apparent suicide’.
‘This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team at Fifth Fleet and for the entire Navy,’ Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations, said in a video statement.
‘Scott Stearney was a decorated Naval warrior. He was a devoted husband and father, and he was a good friend to all,’ the statement said.
‘The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bahraini Ministry of the Interior are cooperating on the investigation, but at this time no foul play is suspected,’ said Richardson.
(Along with all the other ‘suicides’ in the western sphere)