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Colorado-based airman dies during physical training test

AURORA, Colo. -- The U.S. Air Force is mourning the death of an airman assigned to Air Reserve Personnel Center headquarters at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.

Maj. Elgin "Rick" Ross, 47, was pronounced dead on Friday.

The Air Force said Ross became unresponsive during a physical training test at Buckley. He was transported to a hospital where he died the next day.

The military is still investigating the cause of death.

"We are heartbroken over the loss of our teammate and friend," Brig. Gen. Ellen Moore said in a news release. "ARPC is coming together in this sad time, and we are ensuring that Rick's wife and children are taken care of now and in the future."

Ross was from Jacksonville, Florida. He is survived by his mother, wife and three children.

The time and date for a memorial service has not been announced. Ross served in the Air Force for 24 years.

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