Ang Rita, the legendary Nepali Sherpa guide known as “Snow Leopard”, has died at the age of 72 after a long illness. Al Jazeera reports that Rita was the first person to climb Mount Everest 10 times without bottled oxygen, a feat for which he was honoured in his home country of Nepal and earned international fame. Nepal’s tourism department said Rita’s contribution to mountaineering “will always be remembered” but despite being a national hero, Rita struggled financially and had health problems a few years after his record-breaking feat, suffering from liver illness and swelling of the brain.