A sniper who was famously filmed urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in 2011 has been found dead in his North Carolina home.
Former Marine Corporal Robert Richards, 28, was reportedly found by his wife Raechel in their Jacksonville home on Wednesday night, and a friend has claimed it does not appear that he committed suicide.
The friend, attorney Guy Womack, added that a medical examiner is currently looking at the ex-Marine’s mix of medication, the Marine Corps Times reports.
Richards was one of four men who were filmed urinating on dead enemy soldiers in a video that caused outrage around the world when it surfaced online in January 2012.
The clip, which shows a group of Marines stood over three bloodied corpses on the ground, was dubbed at the time as ‘a recruitment tool for the Taliban’ by leaders in Afghanistan.
In the 40-second video, the men can be heard joking ‘have a great day, buddy’ and ‘golden like a shower’ as they groan with relief.
The Marine Corps quickly moved to punish the soldiers and Richards eventually pleaded guilty to failing to obey a lawful order and violating Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
He was reduced one pay grade but avoided prison or a bad-conduct discharge and was later medically retired.