A Fulham explorer who was on the cusp of breaking Antarctic history during a solo attempt to cross the ice has died from ‘complete organ failure’.
Henry Worsley, 55, was 71 days into his charity attempt to be the first person to cross the Antarctic unaided but suffered from exhaustion and dehydration and had to call for help.
The former army officer’s death was announced by his wife Joanna who said she felt ‘heartbroken sadness’.
She said her husband had died ‘despite all efforts’ from Clinica Magallanes staff in Chile.
Mr Worsley began the planned 1,100-mile trek last November while pulling a sledge containing his food, equipment and tent.
While undergoing the record-breaking attempt he aimed to raise £100,000 for the Endeavour Fund which helps injured and sick ex-personnel achieve their sporting ambitions.
An Endeavour spokesman tweeted: Endeavour Fund is devastated by [the] tragic conclusion to @shackletonsolo.
“We join Henry’s family in mourning their loss.”
— Endeavour Fund (@EndeavourFund) January 25, 2016
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