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Trip form Ellen show ends in man s sky diving death
Trip form 'Ellen' show ends in man's sky diving death

Television host Ellen Degeneres has spoken for the first time about a US marine who died during a trip to Australia funded by her talk show.

Brandon McGraw, 33, died while sky diving with his wife Cherilyn on a trip she had won during a taping of the Ellen show.

"I've been speaking with Cherilyn. And my staff has been in touch with her as well," DeGeneres told Us Weekly in a statement.

"She's asked us to help keep this private as she tries to deal with this unimaginable tragedy. I hope everyone respects that," Degeneres continued.

Brandon and Cherilyn McGraw visited Euroa Skydive about 100km north of Melbourne on Saturday.

They ascended the sky in the same plane, though Cherilyn chose to jump tandem with an instructor while Brandon elected to dive solo.

An employee who assisted the pair, Ian Matthews, told Jacksonville's The Daily News that Brandon was an experienced skydiver with "more than a few jumps under his belt."

Cherilyn McGraw took this photo inside the plane shortly before her husband Brandon jumped to his death. Photo: Facebook

Matthews said McGraw had successfully completed all safety checks and training required of those diving alone before he and Cherilyn jumped.

“McGraw watched his wife do a tandem jump before exiting the plane,” Matthews said.

“He floated for three or four minutes with a good canopy."

“A short time before landing, he suddenly began turning his parachute dramatically to the left and right and eventually crashed into the ground,” Matthews added.

The last photo taken of Brandon McGraw shows him in the plane ready to skydive. Photo: Facebook

McGraw was reportedly found in cardiac arrest upon landing.

Paramedics were unable to resuscitate him, and he died at the scene.

Authorities are said to be investigating the cause of death and assisting Cherilyn McGraw to return to the United States.

"My hero. My angel. These are truly such symbolic photos. He was happy and doing what he loved," Cherilyn McGraw posted on Facebook.

"It's amazing all that photos can capture in a moments time. The last 2 photos taken. I love you more than anything in the world, honey. You are the most amazing man," she wrote.

Cherilyn and Brandon McGraw pitcured before his death. Photo: Facebook

McGraw's death is the first for Euroa Skydiving school, open since 1983.

In January, Cherilyn McGraw won the chance to travel to Australia while attending a taping of the Ellen Degeneres show.

As a member of the audience, McGraw participated in a game called “Stuff Your Down Under Pants”, which she won.