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BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON — A rock climber fell to his death in Big Cottonwood Canyon Thursday night.

Matt Hearn, 26, was climbing a rock face near the Stairs Gulch area around 8 p.m. when he lost his grip and fell approximately 100 feet, according to Unified police.

Hearn hit his head on a rock.

Witnesses performed CPR until medical crews arrived. However, Hearn died at the scene, UPD said. Hearn had the appropriate climbing harness and rope, but he was not wearing a helmet when he fell, according to UPD. Police have not given specific details as to why the rope and harness did not prevent his fall.

Hearn, of Salt Lake City, was an employee of KUTV, according to police. He was climbing with friends at the time of his fall.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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