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Man Goes To Mountaintop To Spread Brother’s Ashes, Is Struck By Lightening And Killed

The 41-year-old Italian was bidding farewell to his brother, who’d been killed by a truck in Mexico.

The Giulie Alps mountain range where the tragedy occurred (chripell)
The Giulie Alps mountain range where the tragedy occurred (chripell)

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UDINE– Federico Dean had made the decision soon after he got the terrible news in June. The remains of brother, Matteo, who had been killed by a truck in Toluca, Mexico, where he lived, should be spread into the wind from his favorite spot in his native land: the peak of Jof di Montasio in the Giulie Alps mountains of northeastern Italy.

So on Tuesday afternoon, despite the bad weather, Dean and a friend climbed the 2,754 meters to the mountain peak with Matteo's remainst, ANSA news agency reports. But just after spreading the ashes and placing a small placard on a rock, the mourning brother was struck by lightening. The blow knocked Dean into a ravine.

The friend tried to administer first aid, and called authorities, who could not immediately reach the area by helicopter because of the weather. Dean, 41, an airplane pilot and father of one, was later pronounced dead from injuries to the skull.

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