Former Cowboy Gavin Escobar found dead in apparent rock-climbing accident

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Former Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar was one of two hikers found dead in a national forest on Wednesday, according to authorities in California.

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Escobar, 31, and 33-year-old Chelsea Walsh were found by firefighters responding to a report of a climbing accident in San Bernardino National Forest, USA Today reported.

The victims were identified by The Riverside County sheriff's office after firefighters found their bodies, the report said.

Escobar played four seasons with the Cowboys and one with the Ravens, last seeing regular-season action in 2017. He was a second-round draft pick of the Cowboys out of San Diego State in 2013, and recorded 30 catches for 333 yards and eight touchdowns in 64 career games.

Officials said Escobar and Walsh died while climbing a "rock face" but did not reveal any additional details, per USA Today.

Escobar became a firefighter in Long Beach after his football career. The fire department confirmed his death in an Instagram post:

"It is with deep sadness that we announce the off-duty death of Long Beach Firefighter Gavin Escobar," the post said. "Hired on February 5, 2022, Firefighter Escobar was assigned to Fire Station 3 on B-shift. Firefighter Escobar leaves behind his wife and two young children."

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