It Was Literally His Everest

82-Year-Old Dies In Attempt To Be Oldest To Climb Everest.  The whole story drips with sad irony:
KATHMANDU - An 82-year-old former Nepalese foreign minister has died in his attempt to become the oldest person to climb Mount Everest, a government official said Monday.
Shailendra Kumar Upadhyaya died Monday afternoon, hours after arriving at Camp One in his record attempt, the official told AFP by telephone from Everest base camp. The cause of his death was not yet known.
I have a couple guesses as to the "cause of death," but it's probably worth waiting for the official report.  I imagine his last words were Nepalese for "I immediately regret this decision."
Upadhyaya had said he wanted to raise awareness about the capabilities of elderly people by scaling the world's highest peak, which has claimed the lives of hundreds of mountaineers.
So, now we're all "aware" that, while "elderly people" are increasingly "capable" of incredible feats, octogenarians in particular are probably ill-suited for extreme mountaineering.  I mean, he died at Camp One.  Even the wealthy socialite from Into Thin Air was still sipping martinis in her tent at that stage.

If it's any consolation, I'm sure he was the oldest person to die trying to climb Mt. Everest. That's gotta be worth something, right?