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Daughter of Alabama Doctor Who Died on Mount Everest Speaks Out: ‘He Was Extremely Prepared for This’

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The daughter of a 50-year-old Alabama doctor who died during his Mount Everest climb is speaking out about her adventure-seeking father’s death.

Dr. Roland Yearwood reportedly died not far from the summit on the Nepal side early Sunday. His death marks the sixth in the past month on the world’s tallest peak, according to Reuters.

“He was extremely prepared for this. He was confident that he was going to reach the top, come back down and come back home,” Yearwood’s daughter, who remained unnamed during the segment, told Today on Monday.

Yearwood died in an area called the “death zone,” which is known for thin air, Murari Sharma of the Everest Parivar trekking company, located in Kathmandu, Nepal, told Reuters.

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The physician had returned to Everest after surviving an avalanche on the mountain in 2015 during a devastating earthquake. He and his group survived the incident and descended to base camp, where a helicopter rescued them. Eighteen people reportedly died at base camp during that incident, according to local news site AL.com.

“He wanted to work even harder to go back up there. That was all he thought about and wanted to do,” his daughter said.

It is not yet clear whether Yearwood reached the summit or why he did not make it back, according to Today.

“He was really honest, really kind and a generous person. I was really lucky to have him as a dad,” she said. “He gets to be in the place that he wanted to accomplish his goal, and that’s where he’s going to be forever.”

Climbing Everest carries dangerous risks of high-altitude related sicknesses, and every spring climbing season in recent years has claimed lives, with more than 280 dying over the years, according to The Washington Post.