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A Spanish climber succumbed to apparent altitude sickness while attempting to summit the Himalayan peak of Annapurna. Inaki Ochoa de Olza, 40, died of pulmonary edema and brain damage on Friday, May 23. Fellow climbers gave him aid while receiving remote instruction from a hospital in Spain, but Ochoa passed away after five days in a Ebel replica watches semi-conscious state at 7,400 meters. Ochoa, who had been on 30 previous Himalayan expeditions, was attempting to climb all 14 of the worlds 8,000 meter peaks. Annapurna was number 13. --Emily Matchar