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A final text sent by a climber to his pregnant wife has been shared, with his heartbroken loved ones describing him as a "happy person, loyal, ambitious".
Irishman Séamus Lawless, 39, died on Thursday, shortly after reaching the summit of Mount Everest, sending a message to wife Pamela to say he'd "done it", and was coming home, shortly before falling to his death.
He fell up to 500 metres during his descent from an altitude of 8,300 metres in an area known as 'the balcony'.
Lawless was one of 11 climbers to die on the world's highest mountain in just nine days. It had been his goal to climb Everest before he turned 40 in July, 2019.
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The department of tourism said other factors such as weather conditions were involved.
He is survived by wife Pamela and daughter Emma, four.
Close childhood friend Rob Ward spoke at Lawless' memorial, describing him as "a happy person, loyal, ambitious, charismatic, a true friend who would do anyone and had friends far and wide," theReports.
He told the crowd gathered at the service that since his friend's death, he and Pamela had been going through a book she had compiled of their memories together.
"During the past week, I had the chance to go through a book of previous memories his wife Pam has," he said. "It has stories of their hikes, playing and stories they did together as a family with Emma. Shay adored them and he told Emma, 'Don’t go growing up on me. Keep staying the way you are until I come back.'
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Ed Dohring, a doctor from Arizona, had dreamed his whole life of reaching the top of Mount Everest.
"It is fitting now that Shay’s final resting place is on top of the world. Rest in peace my friend."
Lawless' body wasn't able to be recovered. It was later revealed the man had been climbing Everest not just to achieve a challenge, but to raise money for Barretstown, a charity that provides respite and recreation to children with serious illnesses.
Lawless worked at Trinity College as a profession of Artificial Intelligence.
In a heartbreaking statement, Trinity College revealed that the search had been stopped in order to not endanger anybody else’s life in the treacherous conditions on the mountain.
They said: "It is with deep sadness that we have learnt this evening that the search for our friend and colleague, Séamus (Shay) Lawless, has been unsuccessful.
"While the experienced search team has made every effort to locate Shay, the extremes of operating at high altitude and the sheer range of the search area ultimately proved too difficult and based on expert advice the Lawless family have decided to call off the search rather than risk endangering anyone’s life in the treacherous conditions.
"The tragic death of our friend and colleague, Séamus (Shay) Lawless, has come as a huge shock to all of us."
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