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EMMETT, Idaho -- The race director for Emmett's Most Excellent Triathlon says a participant died during the race Saturday morning.

It happened around 9:45 a.m.

Ken Runyan said the male victim, later identified as Matthew Sell, suffered a cardiac event while doing the swimming portion of the race in Black CanyonReservoir, just moments from the finish line.

Sell remained unconscious all the way to hospital.

Runyan said there were many emergency responders right there to help.

Sell was a neonatal intensive care physician with Saint Alphonsus.

Saturday afternoon, Sally Jeffcoat, the president and CEO of the Saint Alphonsus Health System, released the following statement:

Saint Alphonsus lost a beloved member of our family today. Dr. Matthew Sell, a neonatal intensive care physician died this morning while participating in a triathlon in Emmett, Idaho. Dr. Sell saved the lives of countless babies during his many years working in the Saint Alphonsus Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. His unwavering dedication to his patients and his kind and gentle demeanor will be sorely missed. The entire Saint Alphonsus Health System staff sends our deep condolences and prayers to the Sell family.

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