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April 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With reports about the avalanche on Mt. Everest that killed at least thirteen people remaining glaringly in the news, Discovery Channel on Sunday announced that it was canceling the May 11 special Everest Jump Live. It was initially not entirely clear whether the stunt — climber Joby Ogwyn was to climb to the summit of the mount, then don a wingsuit equipped with cameras and plunge from the top — would take place without TV coverage or whether it was only the telecast that had been called off. Discovery posted a statement on the special’s website saying, “In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mount Everest and out of respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community.” Ogwyn posted a message on Facebook Saturday saying, “I am safe at base camp but I have lost my Sherpa team in the avalanche yesterday. These men were the salt of the Earth. Far better men than me. My heart is broken.”