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Discovery Cancels 'Everest Jump Live' After Avalanche Deaths

The Discovery Channel has cancelled a planned live jump from Mt. Everest scheduled for May 11 after a recent avalanche claimed the lives of 13 people.

"In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mt Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community," a statement from the channel read.

Slated for May 11 at 9 PM, the coverage of the first wingsuit flight off the summit of Mount Everest was to be broadcast globally.

Joby Ogwyn was to make the attempt in a custom-made wingsuit equipped with cameras to capture the descent of more than 10,000 vertical feet at speeds over 150 mph.

Friday's Mount Everest avalanche was the single deadliest accident on Mount Everest. A group of about 50 people, mostly Nepali Sherpas, were hit by the avalanche.

"I am safe at base camp but I have lost my Sherpa team in the avalanche yesterday," Ogwyn said after the incident. "These men were the salt of the Earth. Far better men than me. My heart is broken."

April 21, 2014 |

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