Dan Cerrillo, former Navy SEAL also known as Spartan7adventr, died on Saturday, March 25, 2023, confirmed his daughter. “He suffered from a heart attack while he was running a shooting course,” Taylor Cerrillo wrote on Instagram. “I will do my best to continue on his dreams, his legacy, and his desire to save our hero’s,” she said.

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Cerrillo is survived by his daughter Taylor, son Kellan, and wife Leilani. Tributes have been pouring in from his friends, colleagues, and admirers, remembering him for his courage, dedication, and unwavering commitment to serving others.

Who was Dan Cerrillo?

Dan Cerrillo was a former Navy SEAL who served from 1993 to 2005. He graduated as a member of BUD/S Class 194. Cerrillo served with SEAL Team One as an operator and instructor. He finished three deployments during his time with the Navy SEALs including directing missions related to Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

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Later, he joined the Naval Special Warfare Center/Special Operations instructor staff in 1998.

Cerrillo was a founding member of the Navy SEAL Fund’s Board of Directors, which offers assistance to SEALs and their families in times of need. He was the Tennessee Ambassador of the Navy SEAL Foundation, dedicated to providing support and assistance to the special operations community.

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During his time in service, Cerrillo was awarded several accolades including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Navy Commendation, as well as Navy and Presidential Unit Commendation Medals.

After leaving the Navy SEALs, he worked for Vulcan Inc as a Control Risks Executive Protection Specialist. He managed the safety and security of some of the most high-profile events from the Super Bowl to the Oscars.

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He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Navy SEALs Fund until his death.

Cerillo founded Spartan 7 Adventure in July 2016. The company provides realistic SEAL adventures to clients. Three years later, the venture become Spartan 7 Inc.