james kim dead

This is an update to an earlier post about the missing James Kim, senior editor of CNET.

In a press conference yesterday, police authorities report that they have found James Kim. However, it was too late. What the search and rescue workers found was his lifeless body.

It was 11 days after they first made the mistake of taking Bear Camp Road after missing a freeway turnoff on the way to Highway 42. This particular road was often used during the summer but was an impassable road during winter.

Problems when it began to snow and the car started to lose traction. They tried to go back but they got trapped by the heavy snow. They waited for help for more than a week. Using the car heater at night to keep them warm and then burned the tires after they ran out of gas. After being stranded for seven days, James went out on foot along the rugged countryside to look for help.

Along the way he left stuff like two gray long-sleeve shirts, one red T-shirt, one wool sock, a pair of gray pants and pieces of an Oregon map to mark his path. His body was found yesterday about 2 kilometers away from their car. Exactly, two days after his wife and two daughters were spotted and rescued.

“It seems somewhat superhuman to me that he got as far as he did, given his lack of resources and the fact that he had barely anything to eat for nine days,” “He was a highly motivated individual, trying to get downhill on this terrain and seek help.” – Josephine County Undersheriff Brian Anderson

“I admire his effort. He had fortitude,” “He had a strong will to survive and I can tell by his effort that he put a lot of thought into what he was doing.” – Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters

At the CNET headquarters in San Francisco, the company decided to cancel their holiday party scheduled for Wednesday night. The office’s 800 employees gathered in groups to grieve.

Cause of his death is still unknown and autopsy reports have yet to be released.

UPDATE: Read the detailed story about the Kim family’s tragic journey.

My deepest condolences to the family of James Kim.

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  • JP Habaradas, December 11, 2006 @ 12:07 PM

    @anon – thanks! i feel that i know the guy coz i've watched a lot of his reviews and shows on tv and on CNet. it's the least i can do.

  • anon, December 10, 2006 @ 6:05 PM

    you're very kind to write about james, RIP

  • JP Habaradas, December 9, 2006 @ 7:15 PM

    @ana – yeah, i thought it would end in a great survival story coz i know he was a smart, resourceful and motivated person. unfortunately, the cold weather was too much for him. autopsy showed he died of hypothermia. he did what he could to save his family.

  • Bonita in Pink, December 9, 2006 @ 8:30 AM

    That is so sad. I heard about it. =(

    I admire his strength and will to save his life.

  • JP Habaradas, December 8, 2006 @ 4:53 PM

    @trench – a really sad story indeed. :(

  • trench, December 8, 2006 @ 3:35 AM

    wow, this is news to me. rest in peace.

  • JP Habaradas, December 8, 2006 @ 1:27 AM

    @jhay – yeah, a very sad story. when his wife and two daughters were found i thought they would be able to find him alive on time. after this, i'm sure that everytime i go to CNet and look for reviews, i would be reminded me of James Kim.

  • jhay, December 7, 2006 @ 7:02 PM

    This is really sad. Apart from the disaster in Bicol, Kim's loss is sad sad day in the tech world.

    Condolences to his family, we will surely miss him at CNet.

  • JP Habaradas, December 7, 2006 @ 3:23 PM

    @jim – yeah, me too. I always go to CNET for reviews of the latest gadgets and other electronics. Many times, it's James Kim's reviews that I watch or read.

  • Jimpur, December 7, 2006 @ 1:45 PM

    Man… so sorry for the family.

    I really feel that I know this guy. I've been watching CNET forever.

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