Majella (35) dies while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to honour her father
THE cause of death of a young Irish woman who had travelled to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity is being investigated.
It is understood that Majella Duffy (35) had travelled to Tanzania to scale the mountain in memory of her father, who died from a heart attack when she was a teenager.
Ms Duffy, who was from Fermoy in Cork, had travelled with a group from Ireland on July 8 to tackle the highest peak in Africa.
It is understood they were at an altitude of approximately 4,000 metres when she became unwell.
Earth's Edge, which organises adventure holidays, issued a brief statement: "A client of ours has passed away on the 14th July 2017 at 8.15am local time while on Kilimanjaro. Our thoughts and condolences are with her family."
It later added that the team member had "died of unknown causes while being attended to by a doctor at the scene".
Ms Duffy, who was well-known in the bodybuilding community in Ireland, had recently taken to Instagram to thank people who had supported her appeal for the Irish Heart Foundation, in which she raised more than €8,000 to do the climb.
"I'm inspired by the work of the Irish Heart Foundation," she wrote previously. "I lost my dad who was only 47 years old to a massive heart attack 15 years ago. My entire life turned upside down in just a few minutes and was never going to be the same again.
Fermoy councillor Deirdre O'Brien said that Ms Duffy's former workmates in Laya Healthcare in Cork were heartbroken by her sudden death.
"Everyone in Laya is just devastated to hear the news," she told the Irish Daily Mail. "My thoughts are with her family, her mother and her grandmother."
A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman confirmed officials were liaising with the victim’s family in relation to the repatriation of the body.