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Paralympian Angela Madsen Dies at 60 Rowing From Los Angeles to Hawaii

Paralympian Angela Madsen has died at the age of 60, according to her wife and friend, on June 22. Madsen was about halfway through a solo rowing trip from Los Angeles to Hawaii when her body was discovered in the water.

Madsen wanted to be the first paraplegic, openly gay and oldest woman to complete the Pacific Ocean feat. According to the New York Times, Madsen had already rowed the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean and the Pacific journey with a partner. This was Madsen’s second attempt at the journey solo.

As she embarked on the trip, Madsen updated fans via social media and kept in close contact with her wife, Debra, and friend Soraya Simi, who was making a documentary. Debra lost satellite contact with Madsen when she attempted to repair

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