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The Army is investigating the death of a 34-year-old Utah paratrooper who was found unresponsive in his barracks room at Fort Bragg over the weekend.

Spc. David M. Gannon, of West Jordan, was pronounced dead after he was found Saturday, a news release from the North Carolina Army base said.

Gannon was a grenadier in Company C, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 1st Brigade Combat team.

"Spc. Gannon was an exceptional paratrooper and an integral member of our team," said Lt. Col. Praxitelis Vamvakias, Gannon's battalion commander. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends; we will never forget him."

Gannon joined the Army in February 2011, attended basic training and U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in July that year, the news release said.

He deployed to Afghanistan from March to August last year.

Posthumously awarded the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster and the Army Good Conduct Medal, Gannon had a number of other awards and decorations for his service during wartime.

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