The wife of a Beaumont Army Medical Center nurse who died Monday in Afghanistan said the incident took place while she was talking with her husband through Skype's video chat.
Army officials have not released the cause of death for Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark, 43, of Spencerport, N.Y.
A statement from the family said they are waiting for results of a military investigation.
"Bruce's wife [Susan Orellana-Clark] tragically witnessed her husband's death during one of their regular Skype video chats," the statement said.
"At the time of the incident, the family was hoping for a rescue and miracle, but later learned that it was not to be," according to the family's statement.
"Although the circumstances were unimaginable, Bruce's wife and extended family will be forever thankful that he and his wife were together in his last moments."
Beaumont Army Medical Center officials could not be reached for comment on Thursday.
U.S. and Australian special operations soldiers in Afghanistan honored Clark this week, according to the statement.
Clark was assigned to A Company, Troop Command at Beaumont.
He deployed in March to support U.S. and coalition efforts in Afghanistan.
Clark's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Award, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Medal.
Clark had two children, Camille and Catherine.
His family is planning funeral services in Spencerport, N.Y.
A memorial service will also be conducted in Addison, Mich.
Sound Off...What do you think? Join the discussion...
During a first deployment, some spouses, partners and MilSOs are a little more worried than they like to admit. I personally was convinced that the Perfect Storm would flip a Navy cruiser like a Triscuit and turn it the whole deployment into The Poisedon Adventure. I was sure that The Little Mermaid would pop out of ... Continue Reading