Authorities have identified the 7-year-old boy who died after falling about 60 feet from a chair lift at the Sugar Bowl ski resort west of Lake Tahoe. The Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday said John Henderson of Davis died in the accident. The cause of death is still pending.
The Sacramento Bee identified the boy’s parents as Mark Henderson, associate dean of the medical school at UC Davis, and Helen Chew, leader of the UC Davis Cancer Center clinical breast cancer program. The family released a statement to The Bee saying John was “always an active and rambunctious child” who dreamed of being an astronaut or an inventor. The boy was practicing with the Sugar Bowl Ski Team when he fell Sunday from the Mount Lincoln lift.

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