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Canadian Doctor Dies on Mount Everest

Pieter Swart was on the world's highest mountain when he came down with a "respiratory event"


Vancouver doctor Pieter Swart has died while attempting to climb Mount Everest. With at least 12 deaths since April 12 on the world’s highest peak, it’s shaping up to be one of the deadliest years on record.

The University of British Columbia’s department of anaesthesiology released a statement saying Swart was descending from camp four after a “respiratory event” when he died.

“Many of you know Pieter as an incredibly generous, warm, caring physician, a loving family man profoundly proud of his wife, Suretha and two grown children Marna and Pieter,” the statement read. “He is also survived by his mother, sister and brother in SA [South Africa]. Pieter was lost to us while bravely pursuing his dream of being on top of the world, since he was nine. As many of you know Pieter had an insatiable wanderlust.”

Swart’s last social media post read, “Ice climbing in the Khumbu Icefall today. Perfect day.” Our condolences to Swart’s family and friends.