Soldier From Greece’s ”Evzone” Presidential Guard Dies in Athens



 

Soldier Spiros Thomas

The Greek Army General Staff (GEETHA) announced on Friday morning that a soldier who was serving in the prestigious Greek Presidential Guard Unit had died on Thursday night.

The incident happened while the soldier was in the Guard’s barracks in central Athens.  GEETHA said that the soldier was Spiros Thomas.

According to several reports in Greek media, the soldier collapsed between 22:15 and 22:30 local time. He was then immediately transferred to 401 Athens Military Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.

The causes of the soldier’s death are still unknown, and an investigation is expected to begin soon in order to clarify the reasons for his collapse.

Greece’s Presidential Guard, also known as the ”Evzones” comprise a ceremonial military unit which guards Greece’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens’ Syntagma Square. They also guard the Presidential Mansion, the official residence of the President of the Republic of Greece.