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Report: Utahn Dies Climbing Mount Everest

May 22, 2019, 1:00 PM

Don Cash (center) reportedly died on Mount Everest. (Photo: David Roskelley)...

Don Cash (center) reportedly died on Mount Everest. (Photo: David Roskelley)

(Photo: David Roskelley)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A Utahn has died while climbing Mount Everest, according to reports from the region.

Sandy resident Don Cash, 55, died while descending from the summit of the mountain Wednesday, according to The Himalayan Times, an English-language newspaper in Nepal.

The newspaper reports that Cash died just below the Hillary Step, a narrow rock face near the summit. He was part of a 15-member expedition that was led by a Chinese mountaineer, the report states.

Further details about Cash’s death were not immediately available.

Including Cash, there have been 12 deaths on mountain peaks higher than 8,000 meters (about 26,000 feet) so far during this spring climbing season, according to The Himalayan Times.

This story will be updated at KSL.com as more information becomes available.

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Report: Utahn Dies Climbing Mount Everest