published Thursday, May 16th, 2013, updated May 16th, 2013 at 10:14 a.m.

Australian hiker dies along Appalachian Trail

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — An Australian who was hiking the Appalachian Trail in eastern Tennessee has died.

Authorities said 71-year-old George Walls Grant from Collie, Western Australia, fell ill while hitchhiking to a market on Monday.

The Johnson City Press reported motorist James Self noticed Grant was having a medical problem and took him to a rescue squad station. An ambulance took Grant to a hospital emergency room, where he was pronounced dead.

Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said, from examining Grant’s passport, it appeared Grant traveled the world to hike.

Mathes said there did not appear to be foul play involved in Grant’s death.

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