Man dies after cardiac event in Great Smoky Mountains Park

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who died after experiencing cardiac distress in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Zachary Brown, 26, of Portland, Tennessee, was discovered by park rangers at around 2 p.m. Friday along a road near Crib Gap, officials said Saturday.

Brown was standing beside the road with his family when he experienced a cardiac event, according to a statement from the Park Service.

Rangers attempted life-saving measures until first responders arrived, officials said. Brown was taken to a hospital in the foothills of the park near Knoxville where he was pronounced dead.

Crib Gap is between Townsend, Tennessee, and the North Carolina border.

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