Tragic: American Missionary Dies in Freak Accident While Ministering in Australia

July 24, 2018Jul 24, 2018

On Tuesday, the tragic news broke that a Mormon missionary from Utah had died after falling from a cliff in Australia. According to authorities, the accident happened wile he was taking photos.

According to a statement from the victim's parents, Raymond and Jeanette Zimmerman, that was given to ABC News by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the deceased teen was Gavin Paul Zimmerman, 19.

"It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we share the news of our son's passing from this Earth to return home to his Heavenly Father,” the statement reads. “Gavin was a bright light in our lives! He was a great example to us all, and he loved his mission very much.”

The accident happened on Monday, July 23. Emergency services responded to reports in Kurnell, Australia, that a man had fallen from a cliff, which is a popular whale-watching spot.

The U.S. State Department confirmed the death of a U.S. citizen in Australia. They had not released his name.

“We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased,” the agency said in a statement. “Out of respect for the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment.”

The victim fell 33 feet from the top of the cliff into water. There he was found unconscious, according to police.

“Initial inquiries suggest there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident,” according to a statement from New South Wales government officials.

Last month, another man fell off the cliff and died.

Please pray for his family as they mourn his loss. In other sad news, Demi Lovato was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday weeks after revealing her relapse. Please pray for her!