http://www.climbing.com/news/patrick-ed ... rted-dead/
11/16/12 – A French newspaper is reporting that Patrick Edlinger, one of the great free climbers of the 1980s, has died at age 52. No details were given.
Edlinger was one of the leading figures in the sport climbing revolution, putting up numerous routes and free climbing as hard as 8c (5.14b) in the late 1980s. He also free-soloed routes as hard as 5.13b, and he won many major competitions, including an early international event at Snowbird Lodge in Utah. With his elegant climbing, his headband, short shorts, and long hair—he was known as “Le Blond”—Edglinger embodied French style at a time when the French were defining modern rock climbing.