A renowned US mountain climber killed himself one day after his girlfriend was fatally buried by an avalanche in the US state of Montana. Inge Perkins, 23, and Hayden Kennedy, 27 – both sponsored outdoor athletes – had been backcountry skiing when a slab of hard snow slid down on top of them. Perkins was fully buried and killed by the slide. Mr Kennedy was lightly injured but able to call for help. The death of the young couple has shocked the mountaineering community.
Kennedy’s death was confirmed by his father, Michael Kennedy, who spent 20 years editing the Colorado-based magazine Climbing. “Hayden survived the avalanche but not the unbearable loss of his partner in life,” Kennedy wrote on Facebook. “He chose to end his life. Myself and his mother Julie sorrowfully respect his decision.”