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Golden Knight Dies After Chicago Air & Water Show Accident

One of two parachutists injured in a mid-air collision during the Chicago Air and Water Show Saturday has died.

The Cook County Medical Examiner confirmed that 32-year-old Sgt. First Class Corey Hood, of Cincinnati, died Sunday.

Sgt. Hood, who joined the Army more than 10 years ago, is married but has no kids, according to Donna Dixon, a spokesperson for the Golden Knights. He was awarded several honors, including two Bronze Stars and two Meritorious Service Medals, according to the U.S. Army.

Sgt. Hood and a member of the Navy Leap Frogs collided mid-air while performing a "bomb burst" movement in which they circle each other as red smoke swirls around them, Dixon said. Hood landed near 1400 North Lake Shore Drive near the main viewing area for the show, and the other parachutist landed on the beach.

The Leap Frog parachutist, who has not been identified, broke his leg in the accident, and he was released from the hospital Saturday.

Video footage shows Hood clipping a building as he fell. A witness who watched the accident from the roof of a 20-story condo building told NBC Chicago it appeared the parachutist was unconscious when he struck the building.

Hood underwent surgery Saturday for his injuries. The operation aimed to relieve pressure in his brain caused by a head injury, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Golden Knights canceled their Sunday performances following the incident. The team initiated a safety stand down in lieu of performing, Dixon said.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement Sunday that he is "deeply saddened" by Hood's passing. 

"Sergeant Hood is an American hero, having dedicated nearly half his life in service to our nation, and having bravely served five tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan," Emanuel said. "He defended our freedom, he amazed so many as a member of the Golden Knights, and he will be missed."

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