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First Grand Canyon death of the year: Texas man dies after falling off the edge

The Grand Canyon accommodates millions of tourists each year visiting the beautiful attraction. However, it can also lead to tragedy, which is what happened when a man from Texas lost his life. According to The Star-Telegram on March 18, he fell to his death on Saturday at the National Park.

A man fell to his death at the Grand Canyon.
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Authorities are still investigating the accident that took the life of John N. Anderson of Grapevine, Texas as he fell about 350 feet off the edge of the South Rim near the El Tovar Lodge. Officials are saying that it doesn't appear to be any kind of foul play, but most likely a freakish accident.

The call came in around 8 a.m. to the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center. Park rangers located the man on a rock, but authorities said that efforts to revive him were unfortunately unsuccessful. His body was taken out by helicopter.

“We still don’t know exactly what happened,” said National Park Service spokeswoman at the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski

The 53-year-old man was said to be visiting the park with his wife over the weekend. However, it was reported that he was alone at the time of the incident.

Shedlowski mentioned that some years there are quite a few deaths at the Grand Canyon, while other years there are hardly any at all. Statistics say that approximately 12 deaths happen each year from various reasons. About two to three of those deaths happen because of falls off of the rim, according to Shedlowski.

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