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World halfpipe champion Kyle Smaine has died in an avalanche accident in Japan. As US media reported on Tuesday, citing his family, the 31-year-old and another man were found by a search and rescue team in central Japan's Nagano Prefecture with no signs of life. They were out on a ski tour over the weekend when an avalanche hit a 2,100 meter high mountain slope. There was heavy snowfall in the area at the time of the accident. The local authorities had therefore issued avalanche warnings. A total of four men were hit by the snow masses. According to Japanese police, two of them managed to get to safety.