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Discovery Channel Cancels Mount Everest Special After Avalanche

Date April 20, 2014

Joby Ogwyn

Discovery Channel has scrapped plans for a live daredevil special on Mount Everest in the wake of an avalanche on Friday that claimed the lives of 12 Sherpas.

"In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mt Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live," the network posted on the show's Facebook page. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community."

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The special, which was scheduled to air on May 11, was going to chronicle Joby Ogwyn's attempt to make the first wing suit flight off the summit of Mount Everest.

Friday's avalanche — the deadliest that's ever occurred on Everest — killed 12 Sherpa guides who were bringing supplies to commercial trails in preparation for the upcoming climbing season. Several others were injured, and four people were still missing as of Sunday.

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