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Award-winning alpinist Kei Taniguchi was found dead Tuesday on a mountain in the snow-covered Daisetsuzan range in central Hokkaido, police said.

Taniguchi, the first woman to win the prestigious Piolet d’Or (Golden Ice Axe) mountaineering award in 2009, apparently slipped and fell after scaling 1,984-meter Mount Kuro in a party with four men, according to members of the group who alerted police at 2:50 p.m. Monday.

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