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Riders are propelled by jets of water as the go over a hump while riding the world's tallest water slide called "Verruckt" at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Kansas City, Kan. The 168-foot-tall waterslide is scheduled to open to the public Thursday, after initially being slated to open May 23.

Credit: (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

12-year-old boy dies on 'world's largest' water slide

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A 12-year-old boy died Sunday on a Kansas water slide billed as the world's largest. 

The accident happened at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Officer Cameron Morgan said. 

A Schlitterbahn Waterpark spokeswoman said the child died on the park's main attraction, the Verruckt. People can reach speeds as fast as 70 mph while going down the 168-foot water slide. 

Authorities have not released details about the accident or the child's identity. 

The park was closed Sunday and will be closed Monday while officers conduct a death investigation. 

The park's website says riders must be at least 54 inches tall. 

Statement from water park spokeswoman Winter Prosapuio:

12-year-old boy dies on 'world's largest' water slide

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