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Awful! Texas Man Dies After Plummeting To His Death At The Grand Canyon

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This story is just awful!

Arizona officials have confirmed that 53-year-old John N. Anderson of Grapevine, Texas fell to his death at the Grand Canyon on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Grand Canyon Media Office, on March 15 the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center was contacted about an older man who'd fallen at the canyon rim, near the El Tovar hotel.

Rangers at the national park were able to locate Anderson's body—which had fallen upwards to 350 feet.

Rescuers administered CPR upon arrival, but were unable to resuscitate him.

An investigation into the incident is under way, but sources are saying the victim was there with his family.

This entire ordeal is truly heartbreaking.

Our prayers are with John's family.

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13 comments to “Awful! Texas Man Dies After Plummeting To His Death At The Grand Canyon”

  1. nycrocks says – reply to this


    Perez - it's a bit alarming that your wallpaper ad today is people falling from the sky for the 100 and you have this sad posting. Someone made an oopsy.

  2. dm says – reply to this


    He dies after falling to his death?

  3. mikeh420 says – reply to this


    No way you can fall over the edge unless you climb a fence with a big sign on it saying don't climb the fence. Too bad, so sad.

  4. mary says – reply to this


    We were tjere juat a few days before this happened.we were told not to climb on edges of rocks n ut there were tons of people wanting those stupid picts of themselves looking over edge. There are tons of spots where u can walk out to the edge of canyon with no fences.an average of 8 people per year committee suicide at the grand canyon every year. So sad.

  5. Heather Copeland says – reply to this


    Re: mary – Actually only 2-4 ppl commit suicide at the park. On average there are 10-12 deaths per year at the park and most are from environmental effects such as heat exhaustion and dehydration.

  6. Heather Copeland says – reply to this


    Re: mikeh420 – actually there are very few guard rails at any of the viewing locations. I was at the west rim (skywalk) on March 12th…just a few days before this happened. At the west rim there are no guard rails at all and there are no fences at any viewing location. You just have to pay close attention to your stepping

  7. Heather C says – reply to this


    I was at Grand Canyon skywalk (west rim) on March 12th, just a few days before this incident. After visiting, like most first timers, I became interested in the number of falls from the rim per year. On average only 3-5 people fall from the rim per year. More people die in the park while hiking and most of these deaths are from people not using common sense and taking "short cuts" off the trail or not having enough food or water with them. There's a great book titled "Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon". It's a bit morbid but very informative for people interested in going to the park. There are very few guard rails and no fences but lots of warnings posted everywhere. Grand Canyon national park has, on record, approximately 700 deaths since the mid 1800's. These deaths range from falls, to exposure, to air collisions, to suicide, and even murder. It's a sad tragic ordeal but it's reality and good lesson for everyone. Always be aware of your surrounds at the park. Heed all the warnings. Don't do stupid stuff. Use common sense.

  8. Heather C says – reply to this


    FYI….Grand Canyon national park just released a statement that a 31 yr old Oregon man, Curtis Joyce, died yesterday while kayaking in the Colorado river inside the Grand Canyon park. This is death number 5 inside the park this year.

  9. Shelley says – reply to this


    John was my insurance agent and my entire families for years. He was always so friendly and always had a kind word. I understand he had reached too far over a rock wall to retrieve a belonging when he lost his balance. Such a sad circumstance for such a wonderful family.

  10. Lennie Lefler says – reply to this


    Actually—few people die from heat related problems. The majority die from falls as this man did.

  11. GCFan says – reply to this


    Prayers to whom?

    If you are afraid to post to whom you are praying, why post that at all?

    Are you praying to a tree? To a trail? To a rock?

  12. jason says – reply to this


    Re: mary – People have fallen before while trying to retrieve their camera that they dropped just below the fence line.

  13. John Q. says – reply to this


    Re: Lennie Lefler – Wow, Lennie.
    What a broad and inaccurate post that "most people die from falls."

    Do some reading on the subject. People die from drowning in the river routinely, as well as lightning strikes, and stroke.

    Nothing worse than someone like you pretending to be an expert.

    Death in the Grand Canyon… read it.