Missing Climber Killed by Venom

Tucson hiker was swarmed by bees
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2013 6:00 PM CDT
Missing Climber Killed by Venom

One of the rock climbers who helped retrieve the body of one of his peers called the sight "tragic and horrifying," and it's easy to see why: Tucson's Steven Johnson was found dangling from a cliff, where he had been stung to death by bees, reports the Arizona Daily Star. Johnson apparently rappelled off the cliff looking for a place to climb, but he had the misfortune of ending up in mid-air a few feet from a beehive on the rock. The medical examiner said he died from "mass envenomation," the result of hundreds of stings. The bees also killed his dog. (Read more Tucson, Arizona stories.)

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