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Man dies following cardiac distress in the Smokies

A man was pronounced dead after suffering a cardiac event on Friday, Sept. 25, along Laurel Creek Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Zachary Brown, 26, of Portland, Tennessee, was standing along the roadside near Crib Gap around 1:50 p.m. when he experienced cardiac distress. Park rangers responded to reports of the incident and performed CPR until the American Medical Response arrived on the scene and transported Brown to Blount Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. 

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