RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA. (THECOUNT) — Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar, and Chelsea Walsh, have been identified as the victims in a Wednesday double-fatal rock climbing accident in Riverside County, California.

Escobar, 31, and 33-year-old Walsh, were both found dead Wednesday in an apparent rock climbing accident near Idyllwild, California.


According to reports, firefighters discovered the pair dead following an apparent rock climbing accident around noon Wednesday near Tahquitz Rock, aka, Lily Rock, in Idyllwild, located in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Officials indicated Escobar and Walsh died at the scene while climbing a “rock face.”

Escobar was the Cowboys’ second-round pick in 2013 and spent three seasons with them. He also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins. He last played in the NFL in 2018, finishing his career with 30 catches and eight touchdowns.

Escobar had been working as a firefighter in Long Beach, California, since February. In a social media post, the Long Beach Fire Department said Escobar leaves behind a wife and two young children.


Geo quick facts: Riverside County is a county located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,189,641, making it the fourth-most populous county in California and the 10th-most populous in the United States – Wikipedia.