POLITICS

Soldier Made Famous By Photo Dies From Overdose

07/15/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

An Army medic whose image made the nation's front pages in the early days of the war in Iraq died in Pinehurst Saturday.

Joseph Patrick Dwyer, 31, died of an apparent overdose in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. After breaking down the door to Dwyer's home, officers found him surrounded by empty cans of aerosol-gas dusters and prescription pills.

Capt. Floyd Thomas said that police believe Dwyer accidentally overdosed on inhalants and pills. He said he didn't know if an autopsy would be performed.

Dwyer's wife, Matina, said he had sought treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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