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RIP R. Lee Ermey

Statement from R. Lee Ermey’s long time 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.

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2 Responses to “RIP R. Lee Ermey”

  1. Matt Chen says:

    RIP , God bless your soul and take care you in the Heaven.

  2. Dave Simmonds says:

    Even here in New Zealand, the Gunny was recognised by those who were familiar with his fine character, as an outstanding individual. His passing took us by surprise and we wish his family and friends our love and prayers in their time of loss. I was always impressed with the Gunny’s warrior spirit and the sense of humour that lay just below the surface. He was simply an inspiring man and his passing leaves America and those who respected and appreciated him poorer.

    D Simmonds