Australian mountain climber Lincoln Hall has died from mesothelioma, his wife, sons and close friend and fellow mountaineer Greg Mortimer were with him. He was 56.
Lincoln was well-known for his feat of survival on Everest in 2006, when, after sumitting the mountain, he collapsed just below the summit and had apparently died, only to be found alive the next morning by climbers on their way up the mountain.
His family have asked the media to respect their privacy.
Zac Zaharias, the president of Canberra Climbers' Association, said Mr Hall would always be regarded as a prominent climber who put Australia on the map.
He said Mr Hall would be remembered not only for his amazing feats on Everest, but for his drive and moving writing.
He was also a compassionate man in his role as director of the Australian Himalayan Foundation, set up to help impoverished communities, Mr Zaharias said.
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