USS McCampbell chief dies while on leave in Thailand

News
In this file photo from 2012, Chief Petty Officer Rasheed Lavigne scans the South China Sea from a landing craft before entering the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown. Lavigne, last stationed aboard the destroyer USS McCampbell, died from a head injury Oct. 31, 2014. (Raul Moreno Jr./U.S. Navy)
From Stripes.com
In this file photo from 2012, Chief Petty Officer Rasheed Lavigne scans the South China Sea from a landing craft before entering the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown. Lavigne, last stationed aboard the destroyer USS McCampbell, died from a head injury Oct. 31, 2014. (Raul Moreno Jr./U.S. Navy)

USS McCampbell chief dies while on leave in Thailand

by: Erik Slavin | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 05, 2014

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A USS McCampbell sailor died after sustaining a head injury while on leave in Thailand, 7th Fleet officials confirmed Tuesday.

Chief Petty Officer Rasheed K. Lavigne, 34, died Oct. 31 at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok after being injured Oct. 16, Navy officials said. An investigation into the death is in progress.

Lavigne, a quartermaster, had been riding an all-terrain vehicle when he was ejected and hit his head, Navy officials said.

Lavigne was later put into a medically induced coma. He died surrounded by his family, Navy officials said.

“Rasheed was the type of guy that was very athletic, very strong, very mentally strong,” said Michael Slattery, a friend who grew up with Lavigne in Houston. “He would always stand up for the little guy if he saw someone getting picked on.”

Slattery set up a donation fund at Go Fund Me to help with the immediate costs of Lavigne’s mother flying to Thailand, as well as for his wife and children. The fund had raised $1,140 as of Tuesday.

“He was a like a fifth son to us,” said Catherine Slattery, also of Houston. “I never saw him upset or angry. He was always very positive.”

The USS McCampbell is planning to hold a memorial service for Lavigne next week, Navy officials said Tuesday.

slavin.erik@stripes.com
Twitter: @eslavin_stripes