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Chris Kyle (April 8, 1974 February 2, 2013) was a United States Navy SEAL veteran and sniper. Kyle served four tours in the Iraq War and was awarded several commendations for acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat. He was awarded one Silver Star Medal, four Bronze Star Medals with "V" devices, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and numerous other unit and personal awards. Kyle became known as "The Legend" among the general infantry and Marines he was tasked to protect. The nickname originated among Kyle's fellow SEALs following his taking of a sabbatical to train other snipers in Fallujah, and he was sometimes called "The Myth". During four tours of duty in the Iraq War, he was shot twice and survived six separate IED detonations. Kyle was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 2009 and published his bestselling autobiography, American Sniper, in 2012. An eponymous film adaptation of Kyle's book, directed by Clint Eastwood, was released two years later. On February 2, 2013, Kyle was murdered by former Marine Eddie Ray Routh at a shooting range near Chalk Mountain, Texas.

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Taya Kyle speaks about the statue of her late husband, Chris Kyle, before its unveiling Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Chris Kyle Memorial Plaza in Odessa, Texas. A memorial for slain Navy Seal and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle has been unveiled in the West Texas city where he was born in 1974. (Jacob Ford/Odessa American via AP)

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American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical war film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. It is loosely based on the memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (2012) by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. The film follows the life of Kyle, who became the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history with 255 kills from four tours in the Iraq War, 160 of which were officially confirmed by the Department of Defense. While Kyle was celebrated for his military successes, his tours of duty took a heavy toll on his personal and family life. The film stars Bradley Cooper as Kyle and Sienna Miller as his wife Taya, with Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban and Keir O'Donnell in supporting roles. The world premiere was on November 11, 2014, at the American Film Institute Festival, followed by a limited theatrical release in the United States on December 25, 2014 and a wide release on January 16, 2015. The film became a major success, with a worldwide gross of over $547 million, making it the highest-grossing film of 2014 in the United States ($350 million), the highest-grossing war film of all time unadjusted for inflation, and Eastwood's highest-grossing film to date. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics, with the majority of praise directed towards Cooper's lead performance and Eastwood's direction, though it attracted some controversy over its portrayal of both the War in Iraq and of Chris Kyle. At the 87th Academy Awards, American Sniper received six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Cooper, ultimately winning one award for Best Sound Editing

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Image: Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, Facebook

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Former Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy lamented Wednesday that 27-year-old Eddie Ray Routh will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murders of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. (MSNBC via The Daily Caller)

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Taya Kyle, wife of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, wipes her eyes as she testifies during former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh's capital murder trial at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Stephenville, Texas. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox, Pool)

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Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author of the book “American Sniper,” poses in Midlothian, Texas, in this April 6, 2012, file photo. He was killed two years ago when when a veteran he brought to a gun range who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder turned the gun on him and another person. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley, File)

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, FEB. 8, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this April 6, 2012 file photo, Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author of the book "American Sniper," holds a weaon in Midlothian, Texas. Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, were fatally shot at a shooting range southwest of Fort Worth, Texas on Feb. 2, 2013. Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh, who came with them to the range, has been arrested for the murders. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley, File)

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The late Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author of the book “American Sniper,” poses in Midlothian, Texas, April 6, 2012. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Former Navy SEAL and author of the book "American Sniper" Chris Kyle poses in Midlothian, Texas. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley)

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Actor Bradley Cooper stars as Chris Kyle in the movie "American Sniper." (2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

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AMERICAN SNIPER - Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle - (c) 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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AMERICAN SNIPER - 2014 FILM STILL - Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle - Photo Credit: Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros (c) 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., WV Films IV LLC and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC-U.S., Canada, Bahamas & Bermuda

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Chris Kyle is credited with 160 kills in Iraq, making him, as his book says, "the most lethal sniper in U.S. history." (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this July 22, 2014 file photo former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, center, arrives at court with his wife, Terry, and others for his defamation lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle in St. Paul, Minn. Kyle wrote in his best-seller that he decked Ventura in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura allegedly said Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few." Ventura, a former SEAL and pro wrestler, testified Kyle fabricated the story. Kyle denied that in testimony videotaped before his death last year. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jim Gehrz, File) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT

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Taya Kyle, the widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, arrives at U.S. District Court wearing dog tags around her neck in St. Paul, Minn, July 23, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Sculptor Gregory Marra stands next to the memorial statue in tribute of Chris Kyle.

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National Edition News Cover for November 11, 2013 - To sculptor, spirits of heroes still alive: Sculptor Gregory Marra works on statue in honor of Chris Kyle.