R. Lee Ermey, perhaps the most iconic pop culture face of the Marine Corps, has succumbed to complications associated with pneumonia. Ermey rose to fame after his on screen portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket. Ermey, better known as Gunny, died Sunday at age 74.

News of Ermey’s passing was confirmed on his official twitter feed. The following statement was issued by R. Lee Ermey’s manager, Bill Rogin:

“It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.”

“It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for. He has meant so much to so many people. And, it is extremely difficult to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men and women in uniform.”

“He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man. The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul. He was generous to everyone around him. And, he especially cared deeply for others in need.”

“There is a quote made famous in Full Metal Jacket. It’s actually the Riflemen’s Creed. ‘This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine’.”

“There are many Gunny’s, but this one was OURS. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. Please support your men and women in uniform. That’s what he wanted most of all.”

“Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.”

Source: The Tribunist

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