Indiana man dies while hiking in Grand Canyon

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- An Indiana man more than halfway into a rim-to-rim hike at the Grand Canyon has died.

Park officials say 46-year-old Michael Sperry of Valparaiso collapsed Friday and stopped breathing on the North Kaibab Trail. He and his two brothers were about 12 miles into the 21-mile trip.

Officials say witnesses immediately began CPR but weren't able to revive Sperry.

The rim-to-rim hikes take visitors over steep, rocky and winding terrain, with elevation of a few thousand feet and temperature variances of more than 20 degrees.

Sperry's death marks the 24th fatality at the park this year. That number is higher than average and includes 13 natural deaths, two suicides and three drownings.

The Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy to determine Sperry's exact cause of death.

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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- An Indiana man has died while hiking in Grand Canyon National Park.
 
Park officials say 46-year-old Michael Sperry of Valparaiso was having trouble breathing and collapsed Friday on a rim-to-rim hike with his two brothers.
 
Officials say witnesses on the North Kaibab Trail immediately began CPR but were unable to revive Sperry.
 
The Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy.
 
The rim-to-rim excursions are grueling. They take visitors 21 miles over steep, rocky and winding terrain, with elevation changes of a few thousand feet and temperature variances of more than 20 degrees.
 
The trips are most popular in May and October.

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