The wife of a deceased former Red Sox player has been killed after being struck by lightning while climbing in the Alps, leaving behind their two kids.
Samantha Ramsay, 41, an assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Idaho, was climbing the Matterhorn on Sunday when she was fatally hit by lightning.
Her husband, pitcher Rob Ramsay, died a year before after a long battle with brain cancer; they have been survived by their sons Reidar, nine, and Ryan, 12, The Spokesman-Review reported.
University of Idaho professor Samantha Ramsay (left) died after being struck by lightning on Sunday. Her husband, ex-Red Sox pitcher Rob Ramsay (right, with her and kids) died in 2016
Ramsay and her climbing partner (in red circle were knocked down and left hanging from their safety ropes after being caught by the surprise storm. She was pronounced dead in hospital
Ramsay, who taught at the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences, had attempted to climb the Matterhorn, which rises 14,692 feet above sea level, when she was struck on Sunday evening.
She and another experienced climber, who was not named, had attempted to scale the Swiss side of the mountain when they were caught off-guard by a thunderstorm.
Ramsay was struck, sending both climbers tumbling down the hill, stopped only by their safety ropes.
Her badly stricken friend then contacted emergency services in his home country, who were able to contact mountain rescue services.
Ramsay was pronounced dead on arrival in hospital, while her friend was submitted in critical condition.