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2 mountain climbers die after Montana avalanche

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Hayden Kennedy. Photo: Black Diamond Equipment/Instagram Hayden Kennedy. Photo: Black Diamond Equipment/Instagram
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

A Montana woman died in a weekend avalanche and the family of her boyfriend said he survived the slide, but "not the unbearable loss of his partner in life. He chose to end his life."

The Gallatin County sheriff's office says 23-year-old Inge Perkins of Bozeman died Saturday in a slide on Imp Peak in the southern Madison Range. Officials say 27-year-old Hayden Kennedy of Carbondale, Colorado, was found dead Sunday at a residence in Bozeman.

Michael Kennedy said he and his wife Julie "sorrowfully respect his decision."

Both were accomplished mountain climbers.

Hayden Kennedy's family said he and Perkins had recently moved to Bozeman where he was working on his EMT certificate and she was completing her bachelor's degree in math and education at Montana State University.

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