Reserve Maj. Gen. collapses during PT, dies

Maj. Gen. Francisco Espaillat was 56

Maj. Gen. Francisco Espaillat, left, presents Lt. Col. Timothy McGrew with a certificate of promotion during a promotion ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia, June 16, 2014. Espaillat collapsed during physical training April 6 at Fort Bragg, N.C., and died soon after. (Photo credit DoD)
Maj. Gen. Francisco Espaillat, left, presents Lt. Col. Timothy McGrew with a certificate of promotion during a promotion ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia, June 16, 2014. Espaillat collapsed during physical training April 6 at Fort Bragg, N.C., and died soon after. (Photo credit DoD)

An Army Reserve major general died Friday at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, officials announced Saturday.

According to Army Times,  Maj. Gen. Francisco Espaillat collapsed Friday during individual physical training and was rushed by ambulance to Womack Army Medical Center, where medical staff pronounced him dead, according to a news release.

The 56-year-old, who was from New York City, was assigned to General Officer Support, Office of the Chief of Army Reserve, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

“Just last month I had the privilege of promoting him in a low-key ceremony at my office in Washington, D.C.,” said Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey, the Army Reserve chief and commanding general of U.S. Army Reserve Command, in a statement. “This was just his style, as a soldier he was humble, never seeking recognition. He was a splendid soldier who embodied leadership, energy and a relentless spirit of execution in everything he did.”

Espaillat was a “wonderful human being,” Luckey said.

“Our hearts and prayers are with his family during this time of shock and grief,” he said.

Espaillat, who was commissioned in 1982, most recently commanded the 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command in Orlando, Florida. He also previously served as the deputy commander of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command.