John Passidomo Dies in Hiking Accident in Bryce Canyon

Terrible news came out of Bryce Canyon National Park this week. Florida Senator Kathleen Passidomo’s husband, John Passidomo, 72, died after a hiking accident in the Utah park.

According to a Memorandum to the Florida State Senate by Senator Dennis Baxley, the accident happened on Monday afternoon.

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“Monday afternoon, while hiking with the President in Utah, the First Gentleman, Mr. John
Passidomo, fell and suffered massive trauma to his head, among other very serious injuries,” Baxley wrote in the Memorandum.

“Mr. Passidomo was transported from the trail by ambulance to a local hospital, and shortly thereafter by air to a regional trauma center. After a thorough evaluation by the very best medical teams over the next 24 hours, the President was advised that Mr. Passidomo would not survive these severe injuries. Their family quickly traveled to Utah and with the President and their three daughters by his side, the First Gentleman passed away peacefully at 3:21 p.m. EDT.”

Kathleen Passidomo took to X to thank the public for supporting her family during this tough time. John Passidomo leaves behind his three daughters, in addition to his wife of nearly 45 years.

John Passidomo was called “a kind and gentle soul” by mourners on Twitter/X.

Slips and falls are one of the most common dangers while day hiking. While you’re out on the trails, please remember that accidents can happen to anyone, regardless of skill level.

Always tell someone where and when you’re hiking, carry a first-aid kit, and bring a fully charged communication device.

See all day hiking essentials in our guide.

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