27 March 1947 - 11 August 2021
Yuri Kuntsevich died at the age of 74 in Yekaterinburg on the morning of August 11, 2021. For 20 years he headed the Dyatlov Group Memory Fund.
He was hospitalized after an expedition to the Dyatlov Pass that started on July 31, 2021. A group of ten people gathered, including British journalist Graham Phillips. Yuri Kuntsevich was forced to turn back after only 6 km on the first day of the trip because he felt an old knee injury. He was escorted back to the base camp on Auspiya river by a member of the group who then caught up with the rest. From the campsite on the Auspiya river, Yuri Kuntsevich joined the next group going back to Ivdel. During the expedition, Yuri Kuntsevich complained that his knee hurt. Upon arrival, he was admitted to a hospital due to overall weakness. In the hospital, it turned out he had damage on 40% of his lung. Yuri Kuntsevich died due to Covid-19.
Yuri Kuntsevich is survived by wife Olga (Yekaterinburg), son Aleksandr (at his funeral), who lives in Moscow, and a daughter, who lives in Australia.