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British explorer dies in solo attempt to reach Antarctic

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With just only 48km from achieving his goal of reaching Antarctic on a solo attempt, 55 year-old British explorer Henry Worsley has collapsed and died of exhaustion after a journey of almost 1,600km.

Worsley (a former army officer) was attempting to become the first person to cross the Antarctic alone and unsupported but he unfortunately died after collapsing from exhaustion withing days of achieving his goal.

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Reports say moments before he died, Worsley had called for help and was later airlifted off the ice for medical attention.

His family said on Monday that Worsley, 55, died “following complete organ failure” at a hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile. He had undergone surgery a day earlier for bacterial peritonitis – an infection of the tissue lining the abdomen, which can lead to septic shock.

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