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Indian American Vipul Shah passed away Nov. 9 while hiking in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Also Read - Dana Rohrabacher, quirky US congressman fond of Putin, loses seat

Shah, 41, died after collapsing at 9:45 a.m. about a mile into the Holy Jim Falls Trail in Trabuco Canyon. Also Read - California synagogue defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti

The Orange County coroner’s office has not disclosed the cause of his death.

Orange County Fire Authority officials airlifted Shah to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, where doctors later pronounced him dead.

He was a resident of Lake Forest in Orange County, Calif.

Shah is survived by his wife and two sons. His family is trying to raise funds online of up to $100,000 to help his children.

A special page has been set up for Shah on, which reads, “His wife, precious children, family and friends will forever remember Vipul as an honorable man, an inspiring father, a loving husband, a beloved friend and a dedicated colleague.

“Join us in cherishing his memory by contributing to a donation fund for his two little children.”

Visit the memorial page here.

This story originally appeared in India West.