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The Navy SEAL candidate who died Friday after a grueling training known as “Hell Week” has been identified as Kyle Mullen, who grew up in Manalapan Township, according to the U.S. Navy.

“The whole community is feeling this; it’s a terrible tragedy,” said Manalapan Mayor Susan Cohen Monday morning.

Mullen’s parents still live in Manalapan Township, she said. He grew up in Manalapan and graduated from Manalapan High School, where he was a star football player and had a 4.4 GPA, said his former coach, longtime Manalapan High School football coach Ed Gurrieri.

Mullen, 24, died Friday after he and the rest of his Navy SEAL class successfully completed Hell Week, according to this statement from the U.S. Navy announcing his death. Another SEAL candidate, who has not been named, remains hospitalized after the training.

Mullen was not actively training at the time of his death, and neither was the other hospitalized sailor. He died about four hours after his last training in the water. They started reporting symptoms after the training and were taken to local hospitals, said the Navy.

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The U.S. Navy has not specifically said what caused Mullen to die. The cause of his death is currently unknown, said the Navy, and an investigation is underway.

However, earlier in the day Friday, Mullen and his class had successfully completed an assessment as part of the first phase of their Navy SEAL training, said the U.S. military. Mullen and the other SEAL candidate were in the Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL class.

“He completed training earlier in the morning (Friday) and was not training at the time of his death, which was 5:42 p.m.” California time, said a Navy spokeswoman.

Mullen died at Sharp Coronado Hospital in Coronado, California. The other candidate is in stable condition at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

The above photo shows the kind of “surf immersion” training Mullen and the other sailor underwent during “Hell Week.”

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