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Henry Worsley dies at 55; British adventurer crossing Antarctic alone perishes just short of goal

Henry Worsley dies at 55; British adventurer crossing Antarctic alone perishes just short of goal

British adventurer Henry Worsley has died after collapsing from exhaustion within miles of his goal of becoming the first person to cross the Antarctic alone and unsupported.

Worsley, a former army officer, was just 30 miles from the end of the almost 1,000-mile trek when he called for help and was airlifted off the ice Friday.

His family said Monday that Worsley, 55, died "following complete organ failure" at a hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile. He had undergone surgery a day earlier for bacterial peritonitis — an infection of the tissue lining the abdomen, which can lead to septic shock.

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