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The LDS Church has announced the death of a Mormon missionary in Argentina.

SALT LAKE CITY — A Mormon missionary from Chile died Monday in eastern Argentina, an LDS Church spokesman said Tuesday.

"We are saddened to announce the death of a young missionary serving in South America," Daniel Woodruff said. "Elder Emilio Ignacio Pradenas Diaz, age 20, passed away Monday after a brief, undiagnosed illness. At this time, the exact cause of death is undetermined."

Pradenas was serving in the Uruguay Montevideo West Mission. He is from Santiago, Chile.

"We pray his family and loved ones will feel the peace of the Spirit at this time," Woodruff said.