Douglas Tompkins, 72, North Face Founder, Dies in Kayaking Accident

December 9, 2015 4:18 AM

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Douglas Tompkins, 72, North Face Founder, Dies in Kayaking Accident

Douglas Tompkins, a noted conservationist and the founder of the clothing brands North Face and Esprit, died on Tuesday after a kayaking accident on General Carrera Lake in the Patagonia region of southern Chile. He was 72.

His death was confirmed by Coyhaique Regional Hospital, where Mr. Tompkins was flown with severe hypothermia.

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