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Missionary for LDS Church dies after collapsing at church activity in Mexico

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Posted at 4:15 PM, Jan 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-21 22:30:12-05

SALT LAKE CITY— Officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Wednesday that a man serving a mission for the LDS Church died in Mexico Friday after he collapsed at an activity held by a local congregation.

Eric Hawkins, Senior Manager for Media Relations at the LDS Church, issued a statement regarding the death of 20-year-old Nathan Castle McBride of Pasco, Washington and said the cause of death is still uncertain.

The full statement is available below:

“It is with sadness that we report the death of one of our full-time missionaries, Elder Nathan Castle McBride, age 20, who has been serving since January 2014 in the Mexico Merida Mission. Elder McBride is from the Pasco Washington North Stake. Elder McBride passed away Friday evening after collapsing while at a ward activity. The cause of death is still not certain. As a Church, we mourn at the loss of every missionary, and we pray for his family and for those who knew him.”

The statement did not indicate a specific location for the ward activity;  the mission has its headquarters in the city of Merida. A ward is the term the LDS Church uses to refer to local congregations.