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Female university lecturer dies while climbing Mount Everest to prove that ‘vegans can do anything’

By Mason White 10:06 AM May 24, 2016
Maria Strydom 

By: Feng Qian
A woman who wanted to prove to the world that “vegans can do anything,” failed in her mission and died.

34-year-old Maria Strydom, who is a lecturer at the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, died on Saturday, of altitude sickness.

Strydom was forced to return to the last camp before the summit on the mountain on Friday, after spending the night, but died from lack of oxygen the next day.

Strydom, who is an experienced climber, was with her husband Robert Gropel. He was also sick, but he is recovering.

Dr. Strydom told people how she and her husband wanted to dispel the popular belief that vegans were “weak or malnourished,” by climbing on Mount Everest in Nepal.

“By climbing the seven summits, we wanted to prove that vegans can do anything and more,” Strydom said during an interview with the university where she worked.