American doctor dies climbing Everest

A 50-year-old Alabama man climbing on Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, died on Sunday, officials said. Reuters reported that it's the third death on the mountain in the past month.

"We have confirmation of his death, but no other details are known," Murari Sharma, of Everest Parivas trekking company, which sponsored the climb, told Reuters in Kathmandu. "It is also unclear if he was on his way up or down from the summit," he said.

Roland Yearwood, a doctor, reportedly died at an altitude of about 27,500 feet in an area with thin air called "the death zone." Ravi Kumar, a 26-year-old Indian climber, has still not been found after going missing in the same area a day ago.

According to Reuters, Yearwood was one of 16 on a team led by American climber Dan Mazur. The team was reportedly climbing from Nepal on the regular Southeast Ridge route.

Kumar and his guide were separated on Saturday, Thupden Sherpa, of the Arun Treks and Expedition company that sponsored Kumar's team, told Reuters on Sunday.

The Washington Post reported two more deaths. Slovak mountaineer Vladimir Strba reportedly also died Sunday. Australian Francesco Enrico Marchetti, 54, died after "suffering altitude sickness" during his descent on the Tibet side of the mountain, according the Himalayan Times.


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