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Border Patrol agent dies after being found unresponsive south of Tucson

A Border Patrol agent died Sunday after being found unresponsive in Southern Arizona, officials said. Agent Robert Hotten, 44, was pronounced dead sometime after other agents responded and called a medivac helicopter.

Authorities said they have ruled out foul play in his death.

Hotten was located by other agents near near Mount Washington, in the Patagonia Mountains east of Nogales and just north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Agents performed first aid on Hotten, who was unresponsive, and a helicopter was used to airlift him to an ambulance, officials said.

Hotten had worked for the Border Patrol for 10 years, officials said.

His death was first announced by Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of the agency. "Last night, we lost one of our own, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Hotten," Morgan tweeted Monday morning. "My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, son, loved ones, and colleagues."

"On behalf of the U.S. Border Patrol, Tucson Sector, I want to thank the responding agents and emergency response personnel who worked attentively to render aid and secure medical assistance," said Chief Patrol Agent Roy Villareal of the Tucson Sector. "Our deepest sympathies are extended to Agent Robert M. Hotten’s family, friends, and colleagues. I ask that you keep Agent Hotten’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers."

A cause of death has not yet been released.

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