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An American climber has died near the summit of Everest and an Indian climber is missing

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An American climber has died near the summit of Mount Everest and an Indian climber is still missing, expedition organizers said Sunday.

Roland Yearwood, 50, of Georgiana, Alabama, died on the world's tallest mountain Sunday but the cause of his death has yet to be determined. 


Yearwood had worked as a primary care physician for the past two decades, according to The Greenville Advocate. He is survived by his wife, Amrita, and two daughters.

Indian climber Ravi Kamar is still missing after becoming ill on his way down from the summit Saturday. Thupden Sherpa of Arun Treks and Expedition said Kamar never made it to the nearest camp. 

His accompanying Nepalese Sherpa also fell ill but was able to drag himself to the closest camp. 

A rescue team of three Sherpas was flown to Camp 2, where they will climb the mountain to search for Kamar. 

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Sherpa said Kamar and his guide reached the 29,035-foot-high summit around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, which is considered late. 

Yearwood is the third climber to die on Everest this climbing season. 

The Nepalese Tourism Department issued 371 permits this year to people aiming to reach the highest peak on Earth. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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