74-year-old man dies from apparent heart attack while snowshoeing at Rocky Mountain National Park

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. - A 74-year-old Fort Collins man died from an apparent heart attack while snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park on Tuesday afternoon, a park spokeswoman said.

The man was snowshoeing with friends near Mills Lake when he suffered a cardiac emergency, said park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson.

His friends reached park rangers by cellphone, and they attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The man was pronounced dead at about 1 p.m., Patterson said. 

Mills Lake is 2.8 miles from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead and close to 10,000 feet in elevation. Park staff, assisted by Larimer County Search and Rescue, recovered the man's body and reached the trailhead at about 4:30 p.m.  His body was then transported to the Larimer County Coroner's Office.

The victim's name will not be released until next of kin have been notified.

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