Fallen Navy SEAL candidate Kyle Mullen's grieving mother speaks out: 'Lost the light of laughter in our life'

Aspiring Navy SEAL candidate dies after completing ‘Hell Week’ training

Kyle Mullen’s former football coach in New Jersey, Ed Gurrieri, and his friend Taylor Aloisio joined ‘Fox & Friends’ to discuss the tragic loss. Mullen’s cause of death is under investigation.

The grieving mother of a U.S. Navy seaman and SEAL candidate who died hours after completing the notoriously grueling “hell week” has broken her silence with a heartbreaking message just days after the devastating and sudden loss. 

“All I can say is myself and mu (sic) other son lost the light of laughter in our life,” said Regina Mullen in a text message response to Fox News Digital on Tuesday, “and he will be missed every day.”

Mullen’s son, 24-year-old Kyle, died in California on Friday of an unknown illness after successfully completing Hell Week, officials have said. The Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL Candidate “was not actively training at the time of his death,” the U.S. Navy confirmed in press release on Sunday. 

According to officials, Mullen and another SEAL candidate were taken to an area hospital after reporting symptoms. Both were rushed to Sharp Coronado Hospital, but Mullen could not be saved. The second SEAL candidate’s condition has since been upgraded to stable. 

Yale Bulldogs defensive end Kyle Mullen  (98) gestures to the crowd during the game between the Yale Bulldogs and the Columbia Lions on October 28, 2017, at Yale Bowl in New Haven, CT. 
(Photo by Williams Paul/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

A spokesperson for the Armed Forces Medical Examiner did not respond to Fox News’ request for information, while the Navy has said the cause of Mullen’s death is unknown and remains under investigation. 

Mullen grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Manalapan High School, where he played football. He subsequently attended Monmouth University and then Yale University, where he continued the sport and was designated team captain. He left behind a brother in addition to his mother and other loved ones. 

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said the seaman “represented the very best of our state.”

Friends and community members have since created an online petition calling for the Manalapan High School football field to be named in Mullen’s honor. 

Fox News’ Pilar Arias contributed to this report. 

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