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Record-breaking mountaineer, ‘Everest’ filmmaker David Breashears dead at 68



David Breshears, a record-breaking mountaineer, bestselling author, and celebrated filmmaker, has died at the age of 68, his family said in a statement.

Breshears was found unresponsive on Thursday at his home in Marblehead, Mass. His business manager said Saturday he died of natural causes, but added “the exact cause of death remains unknown at this time.”

“It is with tremendous sadness that we share the news of David Breshears’ untimely passing,” his family said in a statement shared with Outside. “David was a beloved brother, uncle, father, friend, and colleague, and a caring, impassioned advocate of adventure, exploration, and the health of our planet.”

Considered one of the most influential names in the world of Himalayan mountaineering, Breshears climbed to the summit of Mount Everest five times.

In 1983, he transmitted the first live television pictures from the top of Earth’s highest mountain, according to a bio on his website. Two years later, he set another record by becoming the first American to reach the summit twice.

In 1996, the then-41-year-old mountaineer made his way to the top carrying an IMAX camera. Upon reaching the summit of the mountain, he and his team became the first people to record IMAX film images from Earth’s highest point.

“Everest,” a documentary following their expedition was released in March 1998 to “record-breaking attendance,” according to producer MacGillivray Freeman Films. The film grossed $128 million worldwide during its theatrical run.

“We are terribly saddened to hear of the passing of a friend, renowned climber, mountaineer and filmmaker David Breshears,” MacGillivray Freeman Films said on social media Saturday afternoon. “David was an integral partner during our 1996 production for ‘Everest.’ Everything he did was with a purpose and higher standard. We will miss him dearly.”

Breshears was also the founder of GlacierWorks, a nonprofit highlighting “changes to Himalayan glaciers through art, science, and adventure.”

With News Wire Services



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