Tributes pour in for Costa explorer who died climbing Himalayan mountain peaks

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PASSION: Francisco Antonio Candela Pastor died while doing what he loved CREDIT: Comparsa Moros Marroquies Crevillent Facebook

A CLIMBER from Crevillent on the Costa Blanca has died in the Himalayan mountain range.

It’s not known exactly how Francisco Antonio Candela Pastor, known as Cipol, lost his life.

It has still to be determined if it was from natural causes, if he suffered a heart attack or died due to the demands and rigour of the Asian mountain peaks.

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Sources claim that the well-known sportsman, aged 69, and members of the expedition were waiting for a helicopter in an undisclosed point on the mountain range, but on arrival nothing could be done to save him.

Francisco Candela Pastor was vice president of the Crevillent Excursionist Centre, and was one of their ‘most international Crevillentinos’ having completed the most challenges.

He climbed from Alaska to Aconcagua, and a few years ago attempted to climb Mount Everest.

Tributes and condolences have been posted on social network following the tragic news.

A post from the Comparsa Moros Marroquies Crevillent, a non-profit made up of entertainers, read:  ‘terrible news to start the week. Paco, today the mountain, your beloved mountain, has taken your life but at the same time it has made you eternal for all of us’.

Twitter user Alberto Lope wrote: “My heartfelt condolences to the Francisco Antonio Candela Pastor “Cipol” found dead this morning in Kathmandu. The mountains were his life. Rest in peace at the highest summit.”

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