Coroner: Colorado Springs skier died at Copper Mountain from acute heart failure


American Eagle ski lift at Copper Mountain Resort. (Photo: Copper Mountain Resort)

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FRISCO, Colo. — Authorities have identified the skier who died after he was found unconscious at Copper Mountain last week.

The Summit Daily News reported the Summit County coroner has determined that 62-year-old David Gissel died from acute heart failure.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said the Colorado Springs man was found in a strand of trees on the edge of a ski run at Copper Mountain on March 13.

He was later pronounced dead at St. Anthony Copper Medical Clinic. Coroner Regan Wood says the manner of death was natural.

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