Authorities recover body of dead tourist who fell into Grand Canyon while taking photos

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The body of a tourist from Hong Kong who died after falling over the edge of the Grand Canyon while taking photos was recovered Thursday.

A helicopter lifted the man from a spot 1,000 feet below near a popular tourist destination on the Hualapai reservation in northwestern Arizona, said David Leibowitz, a spokesman for Grand Canyon West. The deceased man's name was not released.

The man, who was reportedly in his 50s, was part of a tour group at Eagle Point, an area known for the Skywalk, the horseshoe-shaped glass bridge that sticks out from the canyon wall. The rim has some ledges but no barrier between tourists and the edge.

Leibowitz said the man was taking photos Thursday morning when he stumbled and fell. The area was closed for the day and his body was expected to be taken to the medical examiner’s office.

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