Master-Corporal Anthony Klumpenhouwer, 25, from Listowel, Ontario

OTTAWA, Ontario A Canadian soldier working with Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan died in a non-combat related incident yesterday.

Master-Corporal Anthony Klumpenhouwer, 25, from Listowel, Ontario, was killed in an accident. The communications technician was working on a tower when the accident occurred.

MCpl Klumpenhouwer is the first special forces member to die in Afghanistan.

Klumpenhower, a member of an elite special forces unit, was killed in a tragic accident when he fell from a communications tower while performing surveillance duties in Kandahar.

One of 13 siblings, Klumpenhower was remembered by his aunt as having bright blue eyes and a "beautiful smile," The Canadian Press reports.

She also described her nephew as a born soldier who was cut out for his chosen profession. She said he originally enlisted with plans to stay short term, but found the military to be such a good fit that he decided to stay on.