Chris Kyle – Bio, Wife, Brother, Children, Family, Bio, How Did He Die?

In 2013, Hollywood actor and director Clint Eastwood directed the Oscar-nominated film American Sniper. The film is based on American Navy SEAL and national hero Chris Kyle’s autobiography, written the previous year. As if sensing his impending death, Kyle wrote his autobiography, which gave a detailed look at his life, military career, and post-military activities. Voted the deadliest US sniper of all time, he was known by many nicknames including Legend , which he was affectionately called by his Navy SEAL brothers.

Chris Kyle is kept alive by his book and film adaptation. He didn’t necessarily need the book, however, as his reputation in Navy SEALs is well known around the world. Widely recognized and celebrated, Chris’ act of courage and bravery is not easily forgotten.

Chris Kyles Bio

Christopher Kyle was born the first of two boys on April 8, 1974 in Odessa, Texas to parents Wayne and Deby Lynn Kyle. He and his brother Jeff had a typical Southern upbringing that included God, guns, and a cattle ranch.

The boys’ father, Wayne, although a deacon, had no problem introducing the boys to firearms at an early age. Before Chris Kyle was ten years old, he had started handling various types of firearms that the family used for hunting at the time.

His upbringing was relatively quiet and after an uneventful event, Kyle attended high school in the small town of Midlothian, six hours west of his birthplace. Athletic by nature, he was involved with baseball and soccer during his high school days.

Chris wasn’t much of an academic and after high school, decided to become a professional rodeo rider. Career was short lived as he injured his arm and decided to try college. In 1992, Chris Kyle enrolled at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. After two years, however, he dropped out and went back to work on various ranches.

Bored with the mundane life on the ranch, Kyle, dreaming of a more exciting and fulfilling life, decided to join the military, specifically the Marines. Looking for enrollment information, Kyle went to a recruiting office, where he caught the attention of a Navy recruiter. The recruiter spoke to Kyle about the Navy SEALs, who are a more elite and exclusive entity than the Marines. Kyle was convinced and the process began.

He hit a small bump in the road that nearly cost him his military career. Due to the previous injury to his arm, Kyle was initially disqualified from the Navy. However, with a bit of luck, he was reconsidered and allowed to complete the extremely rigorous training program. After completing the course, Kyle trained and became a sniper.

In February 1999, at the age of 25, Chris Kyle was officially an officer in the United States Navy. He completed four combat tours in Iraq and gained a reputation as a deadly sniper, with over 150 of his kills confirmed by the US Pentagon.

After Kyle retired, with the help of investors and other Navy SEALs, he founded Craft International, a sniper school and security company. He also founded the FITCO Cares Foundation, whose goal is to provide injured war veterans with training and recovery equipment in the sanctuary of their homes.


Chris Kyle met his wife, Taya Renae Kyle in Studebaker, in 1999 at a bar in San Diego. Their relationship got off to a rocky start, but things quickly started to warm up and the couple were married in 2002. They have two children, a boy Colton and a girl McKenna.


Like his older brother Chris, Jeff Kyle dreamed of being in the military and at the age of 21 he joined the Marines.

Born in London on January 29, 1974, Jeff recalls growing up in Texas with his brother and pretending to be soldiers during playtime. So it came as no shock to their parents when both boys signed up.

Jeff Kyle completed three trips abroad and eventually left the military in 2008. He tried different jobs before finally starting his own company.

Jeff Kyle is currently married with no children.

Chris Kyles Tod

While in it and after leaving the military, Kyle, like many other honorable discharge war veterans, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The disease threatened his life and almost separated his family.

However, with the help of his wife and a support group, he slowly recovered from his life and began working with and helping other victims of the disease. During this service he met Eddie Ray Routh.

Routh was a former Marine who suffered from PTSD and was mildly schizophrenic. Kyle had mentored him and worked with him toward recovery.

On February 2, 2013, Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield brought Routh to the Rough Creek shooting range in Erath County, Texas, where all three of them were able to hang out and do their rounds. While at a distance and without provocation, Routh shot and killed Kyle and Littlefield.

Eddie Ray Routh was charged with the murders and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

At his funeral procession, hundreds of people lined the streets and highways to pay their last respects to Chris Kyle, the fallen American hero. He was buried in Austin, Texas on February 12, 2013.