Camp Lejeune Marine dies from non-combat illness


ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Camp Lejeune officials say Staff Sgt. Denver Sugano, 32, of Beaufort, SC, died of a non-combat related illness last week.

Officials say Sugano died at a hospital in Lisbon, Portugal Thursday. Sugano recently deployed with the MEU as the flight equipment staff non-commissioned officer-in-charge for the air combat element. He began active duty in the Marine Corps July 29, 2002. He was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant March 1, 2010, and began his current tour with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 Dec. 20, 2011.

“Staff Sgt. Denver Sugano was a vibrant leader with an infectious personality who was beloved by his Marines and universally respected by those who knew him,” Lt. Col. Brian T. Koch, said. “We will miss him and he will forever be in our thoughts and serve as an inspiration to each one of us.”

Officials say at this time they do not have any more details surrounding Staff Sgt. Sugano’s cause of death.

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