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Charlotte Fox was found dead in her home May 24 at age 61. Friends who were staying with Fox during Mountainfilm weekend reportedly found her at the bottom of stairs in the house. San Miguel County Coroner Emil Sante said Tuesday he is waiting for results of a toxicology report and hasn't yet released the cause and manner of death, but foul play is not suspected
Fox will forever have a place in climbing lore as a member of a party that ran into disaster on Mount Everest in May 1996. She and then-boyfriend Tim Madsen were in an expedition being guided by Scott Fischer. Fox and Madsen summited but a number of calamities affected the group's descent. They were eventually part of an exhausted group that huddled in a blizzard, desperate to find their camp. Everybody's oxygen had run out and the wind chill exceeded 100 degrees below zero, according to Jon Krakauer's best-selling book about the incident, "Into Thin Air." Fox is quoted as saying the cold had just about finished her off by the time they huddled. "The cold was so painful, I didn't think I could endure it anymore," Fox said in the book. "I just curled up in a ball and hoped death would come quickly."