A Coast Guard member assigned to the Cutter Chandeleur was found dead in his Valdez home Saturday.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in a release Sept. 2, the coast Guard was 23-year-old Petty Officer 3rd Class Frankie Lopez, of New Mexico.

Valdez Police said they found Lopez's body late Saturday evening, who pronounced him dead on the scene.

The U.S. Coast Guard says Lopez's body has been taken to Valdez and will be sent to a medical examiner's office in Anchorage.

Lopez's shipmates offered condolences to his family.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our shipmate,” said Lt. Timothy Cassel, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur.

“Our hearts go out to Frankie’s family, loved ones and friends during this difficult time. We are working to provide the proper counseling and support to our shipmates and family members of the deceased.” 

The cause of this incident is under investigation. Lopez's family has been notified of his untimely death.

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