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LDS missionary from Peru dies after suffering illness while serving in Bolivia

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A missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died after suffering from a brief illness. (File photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) -- A missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died after suffering from a brief illness.

Elder Brian Lezama Sanchez, 26, passed away Wednesday. He was from Cajamarca, Peru, and had been serving in the Bolivia La Paz El Alto Mission since August 2017, a church spokesperson said.

The Church said in a news release that Sanchez had been receiving medical treatment and was being transferred to another hospital when he died.

The exact cause of death is undetermined. A prepared statement from the Church stated:

We express our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones and pray they will be comforted and sustained during this time.