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He was already missing, but now it's official that 69 year old doctor Nils Antezana died as well. It appears to be one of Everest's deadliest seasons..  :(

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Doctor killed on Everest
From correspondents in Kathmandu, Nepal
May 26, 2004

A 69-YEAR-OLD US doctor has died after reaching the summit Mount Everest, the third climber killed this season on the slopes of the world's highest peak.

"Nils Antezana, 69, of the US and a doctor by profession, died on May 18 at an altitude of 8600 metres on his way back to base camp from the summit of Everest," the tourism ministry said in a statement.
Antezana had been one of four members of the International Everest Expedition Spring 2004 who had reached the summit, it said.

The team, led by Mexican Alejandro Ochoa, included two Sherpas and was permitted to scale Everest via the southeast ridge route. The ministry did not say how did Antezana had died or why it had taken a week for his death to be announced.

Bulgarian state radio had earlier reported that Bulgarian mountaineer Christo Christov was found dead yesterday just below the summit, which he had reached four days earlier.
Christov, 26, had reached the 8,848-metre summit by the north face, without oxygen, two Sherpa guides said. He had been missing since Thursday, when his expedition started down due to bad weather.

Last Friday, Tokyo-based tour company Adventures Guide said 63-year-old Japanese Shoko Ota died after becoming the second-oldest woman to conquer Everest.
It said Ota fell unconscious on Thursday 350 metres from the top after a fall broken by her safety rope and her team leader later said she had died.

Each year a number of climbers die in their bid to set foot on the top of the world, often due to falls or a sudden change in weather conditions.
In the northern spring of 1996, a total of 15 climbers died on the mountain, the record for fatalities in one season.

Agence France-Presse
EverestNews.com reported the following last week when Nils first went missing:
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On the South side of Everest, a small team of Gustavo Lisi (Argentina) and Nils Antezana (Bolivia) attempted the Summit with 2 Sherpas. Some of the members summited, but Dr. Nils Antezana got into trouble on the way down. The guide returned from the Summit but then needed to be helped down by the Pemb Sherpa from the Irish expedition. The 2 Sherpas returned late from the Summit, but are safe in camp 4.

Dr. Nils Antezana is still believed to be up on Everest. His family asks for a plea of help from whoever can. "THERE MUST BE A SEARCH PARTY SENT OUT FOR HIM!!!!"
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"He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary." -- Friedrich Nietzsche
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