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2 SoCal hikers die amid record-breaking heat

A Los Angeles police helicopter hoisted a man's body after he became ill and died at Runyon Canyon Park in the Hollywood Hills Sunday, March 9, 2014. (www.twitter.com/giannapucci)
March 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
A hiker became sick and died at Runyon Canyon Park in the Hollywood Hills Sunday afternoon.

Los Angeles Fire officials sent a rescue helicopter to possibly lift the man out of the park, but the gravely ill man was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body was hoisted from the scene by a helicopter.

Officials say it appears the man died from natural causes. No further information was released.

A second hiker was pronounced dead in the San Jacinto Wilderness area in Riverside County Sunday.

Rescuers say the elderly man was about half-a-mile from Wellman's Divide above the Palm Springs tram.

Dispatchers received the call for help around 2:30 p.m., but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Temperatures reached the upper-80s across the Southland, according to the National Weather Service. It remains unclear if the heat played a role in their deaths.

CNS contributed to this report.


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