A view of the Anza-Borrego Desert from Mount Laguna in the Cleveland National Forest. Photo credit: Michael Romanov/Wiki Commons

Authorities Thursday released the name of a Los Angeles-area man who died last weekend during an outing with a volunteer group counting bighorn sheep despite scorching heat in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

A hiker found Donald White, 68, of Culver City in medical distress in the area of Borrego Palm Canyon Trail around noon Saturday and made a 911 call, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Paramedics arrived to find White unconscious and unresponsive. After trying in vain to revive him, they pronounced him dead at the scene.

The temperature in nearby Borrego Springs reached 116 degrees on Saturday.

Officials delayed a ruling on the cause of White’s death pending completion of postmortem examinations.

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