Kenyan climber Cheruiyot Kirui found dead on Mount Everest

The late Cheruiyot Kirui.

A Kenyan mountain climber has died while attempting to scale Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen. 

Joshua Cheruiyot Kirui is reported to have died after he went missing on Wednesday morning in the company of a Nepali guide who is still missing.

“His body was found a few meters below the summit point of Mt Everest.

"He was on a daring mission to reach the summit without supplemental oxygen and was accompanied by a Nepali climber Nawang Sherpa whose fate is still unknown,” rescuers said. 

Kirui was reported missing after summiting above 8,000 meters on the mountain. It is at this point he and his Nepali guide went out of contact. 

The Mountaineering community has condoled with friends and family noting the deceased's passion for mountain climbing. 

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