Base jumper who died at Grand Canyon identified as Canadian surgeon

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PAGE, Ariz. – A base jumper who died after jumping from a cliff in the Grand Canyon has been identified as a surgeon from Canada.

David Stather, 41, of Calgary, was a well-known and respected respiratory therapist and surgeon at the Alberta Health Center in Canada, according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.

Stather's friends were waiting on the canyon floor for him after he attempted a second jump from the canyon edge Friday evening.

After hiking out of the canyon, they were able to see Stather approximately 2,000 feet from the top of the canyon.

He died from injuries sustained in a fall, according to the sheriff's office. His body was airlifted from the canyon on Saturday.

According to the sheriff's office, Stather was using a popular wing suit and parachute worn by many jumpers in the sport.

He is survived by his parents, who reside in Guelph in the Ontario Province of Canada.

The incident is under investigation by the sheriff's office and Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office.