Hiker dead after cardiac distress in the Smokies, according to GSMNP officials


GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – A Knoxville man has died while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park following cardiac distress, according to GSMNP officials.

58-year-old Harold Thompson of Knoxville, was hiking along the Injun Creek manway with his brother Friday afternoon, when it happened.

Thompson’s brother along with park medics attempted to revive him with CPR and an AED on the scene.

Thompson was pronounced dead on the scene and transported to Leconte Medical Center.

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