Will Sasaone, a former US Marine and a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, died suddenly on Sunday morning, his widow told reporters in New York City.
His death, according to a report from The Associated Press, comes days after a court in Brooklyn found that Sasso, an 80-year-old retired US Marine, shot himself with a rifle while being held in jail on charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Sasso’s wife, Patricia, spoke to the AP and described her husband as a devoted father of five who was “very gentle”.
The couple were married in 2008.
The Associated Press report does not say when Sasso shot himself.
He was a veteran who had served in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf, Patricia Sasso said.
“My husband was an old-fashioned warrior, but he wasn’t just a veteran,” she said.
“He had a strong heart, he was loyal, he loved his family, he didn’t just do it for the money.”
In a statement to The Associated Post, a spokesperson for the Department of Defense said: “We are aware of the news and will cooperate fully with law enforcement.”
The Department of Justice, however, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mr Sasso was a member of the Marines in the 101st Airborne Division, which is based in San Antonio, Texas, according the AP.
“He was an honorably discharged veteran who served in the United States Army from January 1, 2004 to January 4, 2019,” the spokesperson said.
“He was also a decorated member of an American Red Cross rescue squad and was a Vietnam War veteran,” the spokesman added.
In 2010, Will Sosa was convicted in New Jersey of the killing of his former wife, Nancy Sasso.
Will Sasso and Nancy Sasaons marriage was strained, Patricia said.
He was always trying to be the good husband and he was always the good father,” she told the AP in an interview.
Patricia said she believed that her husband was the victim of a domestic violence dispute.
They divorced in 2017.
Last year, Will’s widow told the Associated Press that she believed the couple’s marriage was “stalled” and said she feared for her husband.
She said that when they first met, they “got along really well” and that she was shocked by the allegations against Will.
Earlier this month, the AP reported that Will was accused of killing his wife and that a court had found he used a gun to kill himself.
Will Sasaon was arrested on suspicion of murder and aggravated assault and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the death of his wife.