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Man collapses, dies near finish line of L.A. half marathon

A 40-year-old man died Sunday after he collapsed near the finish line of the Los Angeles Rock 'n' Roll half marathon, according to authorities and the footrace's medical director.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss, and our heartfelt sympathies go out to the runner’s family and loved ones," said Dr. Lewis Maharam, medical director of the Competitor's Group Rock 'n' Roll marathon races held around the country. 

“The family has asked for their privacy during this difficult time," Maharam said. "Out of respect for their request, we will have no further comment.” Race officials declined to release the man's name.

Paramedics with the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the 600 block of Olympic Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles near the finish line of the race around 9:30 a.m., about two hours into the event. They performed CPR on the man before taking him to a nearby hospital.

Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said the incident was the only serious health issue associated with the race that he was aware of. No further details were immediately available.

The race, with at least 8,000 runners and walkers, began and ended at L.A. Live, following a course that passed the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and crossed the 6th Street bridge, reaching Boyle Avenue before doubling back.

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