There was sad news out of Uganda yesterday when we learned that journalist Matthew Power died while on assignment there. Power, who has written extensively for Outside and Men’s Journal, was in Africa to cover his next story, which was to be on the Walking the Nile expedition with Levison Wood.
According to reports, Power was traveling on foot with Levison when he collapsed and fell unconscious. All attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he passed away a few hours later. The exact cause of death is still unknown, but it is suspected to be heatstroke.
Matthew was a well respected adventure journalist who traveled the globe to cover the big stories that many of us follow ourselves. His travels have taken him to K2, the jungles of Costa Rica, the depths of the Amazon, and beyond. He loved his job and was always eager to find his next big story, no matter where it would take him. Levison Wood’s attempt to walk the length of the Nile River was that next big story.
Sources indicate that Power and Wood were traveling through the remote Ajai Wildlife Reserve located in northeast Uganda when he collapsed. The team was being escorted by local rangers at the time, but due to the location, there was little that could be done to save Matthew’s life.
My condolences go out to Matthew’s friends and family. He died doing what he loved, but was taken from us at the far too young age of 39.
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