December 1, 2018 / 9:18 PM / 13 days ago

Senior U.S. admiral found dead in Bahrain, no foul play suspected

U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Scott A. Stearney, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces, delivers remarks during the Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade change of command ceremony in Manama, Bahrain July 3, 2018. U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Wesley Timm/Handout via REUTERS.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy admiral overseeing American naval forces in the Middle East has been found dead at his residence in Bahrain, the Navy said on Saturday, adding that foul play was not suspected.

Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, a Chicago native, was the commander of the U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. The Navy did not specify the cause of death.

“The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bahraini Ministry of Interior are cooperating on the investigation, but at this time no foul play is suspected,” said Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, adding that Stearney’s deputy, Rear Admiral Paul Schlise, had assumed command.

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Will Dunham

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