Gavin Escobar Death: Ex-Cowboys Player Dies in California Rock-Climbing Accident

An official reported that on Wednesday, former Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar and a female companion died in a rock climbing accident in the region of Southern California.

Rescuers were dispatched to Tahquitz Rock in Idyllwild at roughly 12:30 p.m. local time, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department. According to officials, rescuers who ventured up a steep, isolated location found the bodies of the climbers there.

Escobar, age 31, and Chelsea Walsh, age 33, were named as the two climbers.

Gavin Escobar Death

Between the years of 2013 and 2017, Escobar suited up for the Dallas Cowboys and the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. During his career, he caught 30 passes for 333 yards and scored eight times. When the AAF folded, his playing days were done.

Wednesday brought a few drops of rain to the region, although it was unclear if the wet conditions contributed to the climbers’ fatalities. The granite cliffs at Tahquitz Rock are notoriously precipitous.

A member of the Long Beach Fire Department since February, Escobar joined the department in the beginning of the year. His wife and two kids will miss him dearly.

Several organizations, including the fire department, the Cowboys, and his alma mater, San Diego State University, sent their sympathies.

“The news of Gavin Escobar’s demise has left all of us saddened. Gavin exemplified the ideal student-athlete by serving as a team captain and a model citizen. Please know that Gavin’s family is in our prayers as they go through this terrible ordeal “John David Wicker, the athletic director at San Diego State, made the following statement.

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