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Man Dies While Hiking in Hollywood Hills

The 56-year-old became ill and died while hiking Runyon Canyon Park.

A man died while hiking Runyon Canyon Park today. Patch file photo.
A man died while hiking Runyon Canyon Park today. Patch file photo.

A man became ill and died today while hiking in a Hollywood Hills park during unseasonably hot weather, authorities said.

The victim -- reported by NBC4 to be a 56-year-old man -- was reported stricken around 2:20 p.m. in Runyon Canyon Park, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A helicopter was deployed for a possible hoist rescue, but the man died at the scene, Humphrey said.

The man's body was eventually hoisted from the scene by a helicopter.

He appeared to have died from natural causes, according to the watch commander at the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Station, but no further details were available.

Temperatures in Hollywood reached the upper-80s today, according to the National Weather Service, but it was unclear if the heat played a role in the man's death.

--City News Service

David March 10, 2014 at 07:36 PM
I haven't hiked Runyon Canyon in about 5 years.Sure do miss it.I'm 70 and 2 years ago I had my right knee replaced.Recently I started have some pain in my my left knee.I think my hiking days are over.Sure do miss it though!

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