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Texas Man Dies After Falling Into Grand Canyon

Texas Man Falls To His Death At Grand Canyon

A trip to the Grand Canyon ended in heartbreak over the weekend. Park officials confirmed a Texas man fell to his death while visiting with his family.
"The National Park Service says around 8 a.m. that morning they got a report that a man fell off the rim of the canyon ... He was identified as John N. Anderson." (Via KTVT)
Park rangers at the U.S. National Park Service say Anderson fell nearly 350 feet Saturday morning. When rescuers found Anderson, they performed CPR, but they couldn't resuscitate him. (Via )
KXAS reports Anderson had been a State Farm Insurance agent since 1985. He owned his own agency in Bedford, Texas. In a statement from the company, a spokesperson said:
"John had a passion for life, his family and for serving the people of his community and beyond. He will be greatly missed."
KTVT reports millions of people visit the canyon each year. But fatal falls are quite rare. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Mariordo Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz)
The National Park Service, along with the Coconino County Medical Examiner, is currently investigating the incident.

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Lisa A. Santos March 18 2014 at 11:39 AM

Have seen many people climb over the railings to take photographs at the Grand Canyon!

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knoxblondiejan March 18 2014 at 2:33 PM

"They performed CPR but they couldn't resuscitate him..." ya think?? Poor guy. Blessings to his family.

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jaseli24 March 18 2014 at 2:37 PM

My heart goes out to the family. Very sad tragedy. I know my husband was very paranoid when I got too close to the rim. It is quite dangerous and scary, I saw people literally at the very tip. Very stupid.

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amazing grace jaseli24 March 18 2014 at 2:45 PM


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Carol amazing grace March 18 2014 at 3:16 PM

Easy. One can get too close to the edge. A gust of wind, a wrong step, a loose rock. It happens.

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DIXIE SUNSHINE March 18 2014 at 2:43 PM

Now they will demand that a railing be erected around the rim of the canyon.

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tcsosebee DIXIE SUNSHINE March 18 2014 at 2:48 PM

That will do no good because some people go out where they are not authorized to be.

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davwal7 March 18 2014 at 2:55 PM

I do a lot of backpacking and whenever I want to look over the edge into a canyon, I'll go down "all fours" on my knees and gradually peer over. Standing on the edge is risky as the edge may break away or even a strong wind gust can topple you. My condolences to the family.

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heftypub March 18 2014 at 2:56 PM

Most accidental falls in the Canyon come from taking pictures and backing off the edge. There are no safety rails. Some get too curious and slip on sloping ground that has "marbles" or loose gravel. Some try to walk out on narrow ledges for a better view, and slip. Although rare indeed, over 300 have died in the canyon as reported by someone who researched the subject. Most interestingly, no child under 10 has slipped and fallen over the edge. Kids, please watch your parents if they take you to the Grand Canyon.

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Trish March 18 2014 at 2:57 PM

Happened to the female principal of my son's school (circa 1974-75) she was with a "friend", a few yrs later the "friend" married the principal's widower.....lots of speculation, saying one has to be stupid, ignorant, or whatever....but you are enjoying the beauty and sometimes one just dosen't think.

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LARRY March 18 2014 at 3:09 PM


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lindahsrman March 18 2014 at 3:10 PM

prayers for his family

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alr126 March 18 2014 at 3:13 PM

Condolences to the family

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