Mark Wainberg, a trailblazing Canadian AIDS researcher, reportedly died Tuesday while swimming in rough water in Bal Harbour, Florida. He was 71.
Wainberg, who lived in Montreal, was swimming Tuesday with his family when he started struggling with heavy surf and rip currents, Bal Harbour police chief Miguel De La Rosa said, according the the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
De La Rosa said Wainberg’s son tried in vain to rescue his dad.
“The son …. was able to locate him and began to swim back to shore with him,” said De La Rosa. “Other beach-goers went into the water and assisted him in bringing him onto the shore.”
But Wainberg couldn’t be revived and was later pronounced dead.
Wainberg was lead investigator at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at the Jewish General Hospital and director of the McGill University AIDS Centre, CBC reported.
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Mark Wainberg, Trailblazing AIDS Researcher, Dies In Florida Swimming Accident