Nepalese Ang Rita Sherpa, first to climb Mount Everest 10 times, dies at 72

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All climbs to the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit of the world’s tallest mountain between 1983 and 1996 by Ang Rita, who bore her first name, like many Sherpas, were made without an oxygen cylinder.The 72-year-old, who suffered from long-term brain and liver diseases, died at his home in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, his grandson, Phurba Tshering, said.

Ang Rita was also known as the “snow leopard” for his climbing skills.

“He was a rock climbing star and his death is a major loss to the country and to the climbing fraternity,” said Ang Tshering Sherpa, a former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

The body will be placed in a Sherpa Gomba, or sacred site, in Kathmandu, and cremated on Wednesday according to the sherpa tradition, Ang Tshering said.

Many other climbers have since surpassed the feat of Ang Rita, a community member setting a record of 24 climbs.

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