SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 – News) – A 26-year-old man died after falling 100 feet and hitting his head on a rock in Big Cottonwood Canyon Thursday night.
Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke said the incident happened about 8 p.m. when Matt Hearn was rock climbing near Storm Mountain.
Witnesses who saw Hearn fall attempted to perform CPR but he died from his injuries at the scene.
Lohrke said Hearn was an employee of KUTV2 News.
A statement issued by KUTV2 News General Manager Kent Crawford, Hearn was described as someone who lived life to the fullest and gave 100% in everything he did.
“It is with great sadness that we report the tragic loss of one of our fantastic co workers, Matt Hearn, in a climbing accident in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Matt has worked for station as a Marketing Consultant for the last three years and did an outstanding job on behalf of the station and of all of his clients,” Crawford said.
“He had a great zest for life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and close friends at this difficult time.Matt will be sorely missed by all that knew him.”
Our condolences to his friends, family and co-workers at KUTV2.