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Richard Machowicz (1965 - 2017)

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Richard Machowicz (1965 - 2017)

Richard "Mack" Machowicz, a former Navy SEAL who hosted the Discovery Channel and Military Channel show "Future Weapons," died Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, of brain cancer. He was 51.

Machowicz, who also hosted the show "Deadly Warrior" in 2011, received the cancer diagnosis in 2015.

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The death was confirmed by Machowicz's close friend and SEAL Team One teammate Craig Sawyer in a post on Facebook.

“I’m saddened to share that we lost friend and teammate, Richard Machowicz, to his brave fight with cancer. His private messages and phone conversations have remained strong and inspiring throughout. An amazing man in so many ways. … His strength of character and integrity were outstanding.

“May God rest ‘Mack’ in his loving embrace and comfort his family through this difficult time.

“See you on the other side, brother. Honored to have known you.”

Machowicz was a U.S. Navy Seal for 10 years before starting his TV career.

"Future Weapons" aired originally on the Discovery Channel from 2005 to 2008.

He wrote the 2002 book "Unleash the Warrior Within: Develop the Focus, Discipline, Confidence, and Courage You Need To Achieve Unlimited Goals."

He founded the film company Warpath Entertainment, according to his Discovery Channel biography, and was a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

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