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North Face Co-Founder Douglas Tompkins Dies In A Kayaking Accident At 72 Years Old — Read The Shocking Report

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This is so sad.

Entrepreneur and environmentalist Douglas Tompkins died Tuesday in a kayaking accident in the Chilean wilderness he spent his life trying to preserve.

The 72-year-old, who co-founded outdoor apparel titan The North Face 50 years ago, was kayaking with five other people this week in cold water and bad weather.

According to reports, they were hit by a large wave and capsized. A military patrol boat found three people from General Carrerra Lake before a helicopter plucked out the remaining three.

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Tompkins was reportedly in the water for a "lengthy period" before he was rescued and rushed to a hospital, where he died of hypothermia.

The North Face released the following statement:

"We are all deeply saddened by the news of Doug Tompkins' passing. Doug was special to many of us. He was a passionate advocate for the environment, and his legacy of conservation is one that we hope to help continue in the work we do every day."

Tompkins was passionate about environmental issues in the Chile and Argentina regions. According to the Tompkins Conservation, the founder acquired 2.2 million acres of land for conservation!

We're saddened by the loss of such an accomplished and giving person. Our hearts go out to Douglas' loved ones at this time.

[Image via Getty Images.]

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