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Chris Bashaw, Assistant Editor
10:56 am PDT July 8, 2014

A 66-year-old man was pronounced dead at Zuma Beach at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 7, according to the Los Angeles County Lifeguards.

Although initially reported by various media outlets as a drowning, LAC Lifeguards Captain Captain Dan Murphy, who was at the scene, clarified that the man collapsed by the water’s edge as a result of an unknown medical complication.

 “A bystander saw him on the beach and he appeared to have had a medical emergency on the beach,” Murphy said, emphasizing that the man did not drown, but was “washed in” by strong waves.