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Southern California hiker, 71, dies after trek in blistering Death Valley heat


DEATH VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California outdoor enthusiast has died after collapsing in Death Valley following a hike amid blistering heat. The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that 71-year-old Steve Curry of Sunland, California, collapsed Tuesday after hiking from Golden Canyon to Zabriskie Point. He died of what officials believe were heat-related causes. The famed National Park that runs along part of central California’s border with Nevada is known as the hottest place on Earth and has recorded sweltering temperatures during a record-warm summer. Curry was an avid hiker who had joined a rock climbing group and taken wilderness training courses.

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