Douglas Tompkins, a conservationist and the founder of popular clothing brands The North Face, has died due to hypothermia after kayak accident in southern Chile on Tuesday, December 9, 2015.
Tompkins, 72, had fell into the freezing lake after his kayak was overturned by a strong winds at the trip of Lake General Carrera in the Patagonia region of southern Chile.
He was taken to Coyhaique Regional Hospital after the accident with severe hypothermia where his death was confirmed.
The military force at the region had rescued six people who also encountered with an accident.
Leaving a wealthy life, Tompkins, who was born March 20, 1943, in Ohio, had started environmental activism in Patagonia along with adventures – hiking, kayaking and exploring the rainforests in the southern region.
Tompkins and his family endeavour saved around two million acres of pristine South American ecosystem.