A wife helplessly watched on her end of the computer as her husband suddenly fell over during a video chat.
Skype is a lifeline for so many deployed soldiers and their spouses, giving an illusion of "being there" despite the miles of separation. But as her husband, fine just seconds before, suddenly slumped over before her eyes but an ocean away, Susan Orellana-Clark could do nothing but watch in horror.
Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark's family released a statement describing what his wife saw in the video feed recording her husband's death.
"Clark was suddenly knocked forward," the statement said. "The closet behind him had a bullet hole in it. The other individuals, including a member of the military, who rushed to the home of CPT Clark's wife also saw the hole and agreed it was a bullet hole."
The statement says the Skype link remained open for two hours on April 30 as family and friends in the U.S. and Afghanistan tried to get Clark help.
"After two hours and many frantic phone calls by Mrs. Clark, two military personnel arrived in the room and appeared to check his pulse, but provided no details about his condition to his wife," the statement said.
But Army investigators say no bullet wound was found on Clark's body, and do not suspect foul play.
An autopsy is being conducted to determine cause of death.
Clark, 43, grew up in Michigan and previously lived in Spencerport, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester, his wife's hometown. He joined the Army in 2006 and was stationed in Hawaii before he was assigned to the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso. He deployed to Afghanistan in March.
Clarence Davis, spokesman for William Beaumont Army Medical Center, declined to comment on Clark's family's statement.
Clark's body was returned Thursday to Dover Air Force Base.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters, aged 3 and 9.
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