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The Associated Press Modified: July 31, 2007 at 8:04 am •  Published: July 31, 2007
TULSA — A U.S. Army soldier from Broken Arrow who was recovering from wounds suffered in a 2004 roadside bombing in Iraq has died, according to his family.

Army Staff Sgt. Jack D. Richards, 39, died in North Carolina, where he was on medical leave and receiving treatment at Fort Bragg, said his sister, Pam Schultz of Broken Arrow.

Richards nearly lost a leg when a roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee in 2004 while he was serving in Iraq.

"They've been trying to repair him for three years, and they were still in the process when we lost him,” Schultz told the Tulsa World.

As part of his treatment, Richards since Wednesday had been using a machine that administered morphine, she said.

He was found at his home on Sunday, but family members had not been able to reach him for several days, Schultz said.

Richards served in the Army 10 years and was to turn 40 in December. The Defense Department and officials at Fort Bragg as of Monday morning had not confirmed his death.

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