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Autopsy: Luke officer who died had H1N1

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Posted: Friday, October 9, 2009 5:43 pm | Updated: 2:42 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A 25-year-old Luke Air Force Base military officer died last week following complications related to the H1N1 virus, according to preliminary autopsy results from the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office released Thursday.

Staff Sgt. Shawn J. Rankin, 25, died Oct. 4 at home in Glendale. Rankin was diagnosed with H1N1 but there were other complications, so it was in conjunction with another disease, said Justin Oakes, spokesman for the 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office.

Rankin wasn't diagnosed with H1N1 until after he died, once an autopsy was performed.

A loved one who was with Rankin at home called 911, but he was unresponsive when help arrived, Oakes said. Rankin was pronounced dead at a West Valley hospital.

Rankin of Anchorage, Alaska, had been assigned to the 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and served as an F-16 crew chief at Luke Air Force Base since February 2008, according to authorities. He had served in the Air Force since October 2003.

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