Stars Earn Stripes cast member shot and killed

A cast member on NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes was shot to death at a gun range in Texas on Saturday.

Chris Kyle was the author of American Sniper and a former Navy SEAL who was one of the eight operatives on the Mark Burnett-produced reality series. He worked with Dean Cain, who placed third.

His company, Craft International, issued a press release that said he and “his trusted friend, Chad Littlefield, were tragically killed on Saturday, February 2, 2013, by a troubled veteran whom they were trying to help.” That veteran, Eddie Ray Routh, was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder, the AP reports.

Chris Kyle’s NBC bio said his “expert marksmanship during his four tours of duty earned him the nickname ‘The Devil of Ramadi’ from the Iraqi insurgent forces.” Here’s a clip from the show that includes him:

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