Vermont soldier dies in Louisiana

COLCHESTER, Vt. (WCAX) A Vermont soldier has died from cardiac complications in Louisiana.

Sgt. Willard Magoon, 25, was a soldier with the Vermont Army National Guard. He died Sunday after being hospitalized in New Orleans for flu-like symptoms.

Magoon was an allied trade specialist training in Louisiana as part of the Vermont Army National Guard Joint Readiness Training Center.

"We are shocked, and deeply saddened, by the death of Sgt. Magoon," said Vermont National Guard Adjutant General Gregory Knight in a statement. "We are here for his family, and will offer them all the support we can during this trying time."

The governor is also offering his condolences.

"I send my sincere condolences to Sgt. Magoon’s family and friends, and to his brothers and sisters in the Vermont National Guard," said Gov. Phil Scott in a statement. "I mourn alongside you, as we come to grips with this tragic loss."