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US Skype death soldier Bruce Kevin Clark 'not shot'

US Army handout photo of Capt Bruce Kevin Clark
Image caption Capt Clark's family said he did not seem alarmed or in discomfort before he died

A US Army nurse who died while video-calling his wife via Skype did not have a bullet wound, army investigators say.

Capt Bruce Kevin Clark collapsed on 1 May during the video feed from his base north of Kandahar, Afghanistan.

His wife, Susan Orellana-Clark, said after his death she saw what she believed to be a bullet hole in the scene behind her fallen husband.

While the cause of his death is still under investigation, a spokesman said the US Army had ruled out a gunshot.

Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman Chris Grey said agents investigating the death had found "no trauma to the body beyond minor abrasions and a possible broken nose".

"We do not suspect foul play in the death of Captain Clark at this point in our ongoing investigation," he said.

Two-hour wait

In a statement released on Sunday, the Clark family said the cupboard behind Capt Clark "had a bullet hole in it". A military member who came to the family's Texas home also believed the mark they saw on the video was a bullet hole, the family said.

Mrs Orellana-Clark said the video link stayed open for two hours after her husband collapsed as she and others in the US and Afghanistan tried to get him help.

"After two hours and many frantic phone calls by Mrs Clark, two military personnel arrived in the room and appeared to check his pulse, but provided no details about his condition to his wife," the statement said.

Mrs Orellana-Clark said she was releasing details "to honour my husband and dispel the inaccurate information and supposition promulgated by other parties".

A family spokesman told the Associated Press on Monday that the US Army had not officially informed the family of its new findings and would not be making additional public comment.

Capt Clark's body was returned Dover Air Force Base in the US late last week. He was deployed to Afghanistan in March.

In an earlier statement, the family said Capt Clark was a "model father, husband, family member, US Army Chief Nurse, and American citizen."

He is survived by his wife and two daughters, aged three and nine.

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