The circumstances surrounding Swaggart's death remain unclear.

Peters told Army Times preliminary evidence shows the death did not appear related to hostile activities nor did it look like a suicide. Peters declined to provide Swaggart's location at the time of his death, and referred this question to Army officials offiicals in Africa.

Attempts to reach public affairs officers with the task force, U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Army Africa were not immediately successful.

"It's been a strange time. We're devastated with our loss," said Lear, who described her nephew as delightful, happy and content. "He died doing something he loved. He loved being a soldier ... he enjoyed it with a passion."