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Iraq war veteran from Prior Lake dies while on vacation in Mexico

Artem Moskovkin was found in the resort's garden with serious injuries.

An Iraq war veteran from Minnesota died while on a vacation in Mexico over the weekend, after being found with violent injuries on resort grounds.

And nobody seems to know how it happened.

The 30-year-old Artem Moskovkin, who lived in Prior Lake, was on vacation, according to a GoFundMe created by a family member. On the morning of his second day there, he was found in the resort garden barely conscious with serious internal injuries.

He was taken to the hospital, already fighting for his life.

While alive, Moskovkin was "in critical condition, unconscious, hypothermic, and on life support," with internal bleeding, the GoFundMe says.

"His ribs are broken and the ribs punctured his lung," the campaign continues. "There is no blood flow to one of his legs and doctors don’t know if it can be saved."

artem moskovkin gofundme hospital photo

Moskovkin needed emergency surgery. But he did not have health insurance, and doctors at the hospital he was taken to refused to operate without a down payment of $8,000-$10,000.

The family created the GoFundMe over the weekend to try to raise money for the surgery, or to transport him to the U.S.

But he died Sunday, before any procedures started. The GoFundMe is now a funeral fund.

Moskovkin's family has no idea what happened to him, nor what led to the deadly injuries.

He'd been staying at a resort in Riviera Maya, south of Cancun, according to KARE 11, an area which is under the lowest level travel advisory issued by the U.S. State Department.

Moskovkin moved to the U.S. from Russia in 1995, the Star Tribune says, and became a U.S. citizen. He spent five years in the U.S. Army, KARE 11 notes, and served in the Iraq War

Says the GoFundMe: "It’s unimaginable that a veteran survived the Iraq war making it home safe, to later die on vacation."

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