Man Who Died Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree Identified

Antonio Coronel Mojica, 42, died while climbing in a popular area of the national park

UPDATE: An attorney for the family of Antonio Coronel Mojica said Wednesday, Oct.10, that coroner's officials reported that Mojica had died from a heart attack.

A man who died this week while climbing boulders in Joshua Tree National Park was identified Friday as a Culver City man.

Antonio Coronel Mojica, 42, died after collapsing and falling into a crevasse at a popular rock climbing area in the park, according to the Riverside County Coroner's Bureau.

Mojica was climbing in the Hall of Horrors rock formation (map) when he died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The bureau's press release listed a "time of injury" at 2:30, and Coronel's death as one hour later.

The death was being investigated by the county Sheriff's Department's Thermal Station and Joshua Tree Park rangers.

NOTE: The Coroner's Bureau said it originally gave the incorrect name order for the deceased, identifiying him as "Mojica Antonio Coronel." The story has been updated with the correct name.


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