The American Sniper hero is dead at age 38. Chris Kyle was a United States Navy SEAL veteran and sniper. Kyle served four tours in the Iraq War and was awarded several commendations for acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat. He was gunned down at a charity event in Texas by gunman Eddie Routh, who admitted to killing Chris Kyle, but claimed he was insane at the time. Routh was convicted of Capital Murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.