Updated 05:02 PM EDT, Sun, Sep 26, 2021

Texas Man Dies After Falling Off Grand Canyon

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A family trip to the Grand Canyon ended in tragedy after a 53-year-old man fell off the south rim, plunging 350 feet to his death on Saturday.

The victim was identified as John N. Anderson of Grapevine, Texas, reports the Associated Press. He fell at the canyon rim near the El Tovar Hotel in Arizona.

According to the Star-Telegram, Anderson was visiting the Grand Canyon National Park with his wife for the weekend. However, park officials say he was alone Saturday morning when he fell.

"He wasn't trying to shoot a photograph or anything like that," his sister-in-law Suzy Naughalty said Tuesday, adding, "It was just a freakish accident."

The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received notice around 8 a.m. Saturday about a man falling off the rim.

"We still don't know exactly what happened," said Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, a spokeswoman with the National Park Service at the Grand Canyon in Arizona. "Apparently, people heard him fall and reported it," she said.

Park rangers were able to find the man and began CPR, but their efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Shedlowski said authorities had to use a helicopter to remove Anderson's body from a rock outcropping. She also said that it's unclear what caused Anderson's fall since there are no eyewitnesses.

"We don't have a final autopsy, but the manner of death is an accident," said Trish Lees of the medical examiner's office.

Besides his wife, the State Farm agent also leaves behind two sons and a daughter.

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