The Defense Department on Tuesday announced that a sailor based in Africa died over the weekend.

Petty Officer Matthew I. Holzemer, died June 17, 2018, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, due to a “non-combat related incident,” the Pentagon said in a release.

Holzemer, who originally hailed from Tennessee, was deployed to Djibouti in support of Special Operations Command Forward - East Africa, according to the release.

More details, including the cause of death, were not immediately available from Pentagon or Navy officials.

The death is under investigation.

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