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NAIROBI, Kenya -- The police in the island nation of Seychelles Friday denied suggesting that two former U.S. Navy SEALs may have died from a drug overdose on a ship.
The two Americans - Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, both 44 - were found dead Tuesday in a cabin on the Maersk Alabama. Maersk Line said in a statement on Thursday that drugs were found in their room, citing a police report.
The ship was hijacked by pirates in 2009, an event dramatized in the movie "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks.
A statement from the Seychelles police on Friday said that, despite the reports, the police "never released any reports suggesting" that the two Americans may have died from a drug overdose.
The police said autopsies being performed next week on the men were expected to establish the cause of the two deaths.
The U.S. Coast Guard is also investigating the deaths.
The two men worked for U.S.-based Trident Security, according to police. Former military personnel frequently provide security on board ships sailing through the waters off Somalia to provide security against pirate attacks.