October 25, 2014
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Authorities in Ecuador say an American expert on teen sexual health has died while climbing a volcano in the South American nation.
A Wednesday statement from Ecuador's Environment Ministry says Douglas Kirby apparently suffered a heart attack and died while climbing the Cotopaxi volcano.
The volcano, with an elevation of nearly 19,400 feet, is popular with climbers who visit from around the world.
Kirby was a senior research scientist at ETR Associates, a Scotts Valley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization focusing on health education. ETR's website says Kirby spent four decades conducting social science research and was a global expert on adolescent sexual health.
The statement from Ecuador's Environment Ministry says Kirby died while climbing the volcano on Saturday. It provided no other details.