Retired Seattle physician dies while climbing Mount Everest

A Seattle physician and professor died while hiking up Mount Everest, NPR reported May 3.

Jonathan Sugarman, MD, a retired physician and faculty member of the University of Washington, died at Camp 2, located 21,000 feet above sea level. His death was not due to a climbing-related accident or inclement weather, the International Mountain Guides said. His cause of death has not been made clear.

Dr. Sugarman was an experienced climber who previously tried to climb Everest in 2022, turning back at Camp 3, according to Daily News.

The U.S. Embassy in Nepal said in a statement, "Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. The Embassy is in contact with Dr. Sugarman's family and with local authorities."

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