Sherpa-born climber

Ang Rita

, the mountain guide known for climbing Mount Everest without additional oxygen a record 10 times, has died at the age of 72, the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) confirmed Monday.

The president of the NMA,

Santa Bir Lama

, assured the German agency DPA that the guide died at his daughter's home in Kathmandu on Monday, although he did not clarify the reason for his death.

Ang Rita had health problems since she suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2017.

Nicknamed 'the Snow Leopard' for his climbing prowess, the Sherpa holds a Guinness World Record for climbing Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, ten times between 1983 and 1996, all without using bottled oxygen.

He also holds the world record for the first winter climb of Everest without supplemental oxygen.

Ang Rita started working at the age of 13 and, at his peak exposure, in 1996, he was involved in a controversy because one of his 10 ascents to Everest without oxygen is not recognized by some.

She used a breathing mask to sleep on field 4 before attacking the summit and that generated controversy.

He also climbed Cho Oyu four times, Dhaulagiri three, and Kangchenjunga and Makalu once, all without the aid of bottled oxygen.

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