According to The Daily Beast
, Melgar declined when offered a cut by the two SEALs, and that's when things got out of control: Following an altercation between the three men on the morning of June 4, the Green Beret lost consciousness and stopped breathing. It's certainly possible that Melgar's death was an accident of sorts. AFRICOM officials told The Daily Beast
that the two SEALs "attempted to open an airway in Melgar's throat" after he lost consciousness before "[driving] to a nearby French clinic seeking help." Melgar was pronounced dead by asphyxiation later that morning.