Tucson hiker stung to death by killer bees

May 08, 2013

The body of a Tucson man has been recovered after he was apparently stung to death by bees while hiking in the Santa Rita Mountains, north of Nogales. Lieutenant Raoul Rodriguez of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said the 55-year-old man was found hanging from his climbing gear on a cliff near Mount Hopkins.

"He had anchored himself to the wall as he was going down so he was actually anchored and he must have been attacked and was not able to climb back up or go back down," Rodriguez said. 

Rodriguez said it is unclear what triggered the attack but that it is believed the man came upon a hive he did not notice initially.

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