Boyfriend of actor’s daughter dies snowboarding
VAIL ” The body of a snowboarder who was the boyfriend of film legend Clint Eastwood’s daughter Alison was found on Vail Mountain Tuesday after an approximately 19-hour search.
Vail Ski Patrol started searching for Michael Combs, 42, at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, after he did not meet Alison Eastwood at a Vail restaurant.
Combs, who was from the Los Angeles area, was found about 1 p.m. Tuesday in trees along the Riva Ridge run near the bottom of Vail Mountain, said Kim Andree, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, which investigates deaths on Vail Mountain. This is the first ski-related death this season on Vail Mountain.
A representative from Clint Eastwood’s Los Angeles office offered a brief statement on behalf of the actor and director Wednesday.
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“Our family is shocked and saddened by this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with Alison and Mike’s family at this very difficult time,” the representative said.
The cause of death won’t be known until an autopsy is performed in Denver, Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said Wednesday.
Andree said ski patrollers were unable to revive Combs when they found him.
“He didn’t have a helmet on, but there wasn’t any indication he had head trauma,” Andree said.
Alison Eastwood told an Eagle County Sheriff’s deputy she and Combs had gone skiing on Vail Mountain when, at about 1:15 p.m., he complained he wasn’t feeling well and had a headache.
“She said they got off the lift and he clipped into his snowboard and told her he would meet her at the bottom of the mountain,” the police report says.
Alison Eastwood, 32, called police when Combs didn’t show up at the restaurant as planned, Andree said. Combs and Eastwood had been in Vail since Dec. 9 and were supposed to leave Monday night, police said. Clint Eastwood was not in Vail.
Although ski patrollers found Combs Tuesday at 1 p.m., Vail Resorts didn’t announce the death until contacted by the media Wednesday morning. Vail Mountain spokeswoman Jen Brown said the announcement was delayed because the company didn’t have all the facts.
“We will not put out a press release unless it’s factually correct,” Brown said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Vail Daily, Vail Colorado
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It’s fitting that Eagle County is proceeding through its reopening phases of COVID-19 in an analogy to ski run difficulties — green to blue to black. Monday marks the transition from the green beginner phase to the blue intermediate phase.