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The body of famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck is unloaded from a helicopter at Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 30, 2017. 40-year-old Steck, one of the most-renowned mountaineers of his generation, was killed Sunday in a mountaineering accident near Mount Everest in Nepal, expedition organizers said. He was best known for his speed-climbing, including setting several records for ascending the north face of the Eiger, a classic mountaineering peak in the Bernese Alps that he climbed in two hours and 47 minutes without using a rope. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

A famous climber known as the 'Swiss Machine' was killed while training near Mount Everest


Ueli Steck, a famous mountain climber known as the "Swiss Machine," was killed Sunday in a mountaineering accident near Mount Everest in Nepal. 

The 40-year-old, best known for his rapid ascents, was training to climb 29,035-foot Mount Everest and nearby Mount Lhotse, according to the BBC. Although the exact circumstances of his death are still unclear, the Himalayan Times wrote that he was seen climbing near the Nuptse Face of Mount Everest and may have "slipped and fell on the ice-covered slope."

Just last week, he posted this update while pursuing “active acclimatization.”

Steck's body was recovered and taken to the only airport near Mount Everest in Lukla. 

"The family is infinitely sad and asks that the media refrain from speculating about his death out of respect and consideration for Ueli," a statement on Steck's Facebook page said. "As soon as reliable information about Ueli Steck’s death becomes available, the media will be informed."

Steck is the first casualty in the spring mountaineering season, which began in March and lasts until the end of May. 

Mount Everest
Mount Everest

Ueli Steck's Everest-Lhotse project

Steck reached Mount Everest's summit without oxygen in 2012 and in 2015 he successfully climbed all 82 peaks in the Alps in just 62 days, according to the BBC.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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