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Oregon climber died of heart attack

Associated Press

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A heart attack killed the climber whose body was recovered on Mount McLoughlin last week, an autopsy found.

The autopsy, performed by Medford pathologist Dr. James Olson, revealed that John Zazzara, 54, of Beaverton, suffered head trauma, but those injuries were not fatal, Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger said Tuesday.

Zazzara climbed the mountain June 12. Searchers started looking for him a few days later when his employers at Intel became concerned that he wasn’t showing for work.

His body was finally spotted Friday.

The death was the first on the mountain since October 2002, when a small plane crashed near the summit, killing two people.

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