Written by Staff Writer
25 Jan, 2016 | 4:25 pm
The explorer Henry Worsley, who was on the brink of making history with a solo crossing across the Antarctic, has died, his family has announced.
The former Army officer, 55, was 71 days into his effort to become the first person to cross the Antarctic unaided.
His wife Joanna announced the news, saying she felt “heartbroken sadness”.
His wife, Joanna, said in a statement: “It is with heartbroken sadness I let you know that my husband, Henry Worsley, has died following complete organ failure; despite all efforts of ALE [Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions] and medical staff at the Clinica Magallanes in Punta Arenas, Chile.”
The former lieutenant colonel, walking in temperatures of -44C, through white-out blizzards and over treacherous ice, had passed the South Pole when he needed help. He had covered 913 miles, with just 30 miles to go.
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