Ang Rita Sherpa, the first man to climb Mount Everest 10 times, passed away on Monday following prolonged illness. He was 72 and leaves behind a daughter and two sons.
All the ascents to the 8,850-m. (29,035-foot) summit of the world's tallest mountain between 1983 and 1996 by Ang Rita, also known as the "snow leopard" for his climbing skills, were made without bottled oxygen.
Sherpa, who had suffered brain and liver ailments for a long time, died at his home in the Nepali capital, his grandson, Phurba Tshering, said.
Ang Rita was also known as the "snow leopard" for his climbing skills.