Man living in Tryon dies at WNC Transformus

Published 12:32 pm Tuesday, July 21, 2015

By Leah Justice

A man who recently moved to North Carolina and was residing in Tryon was found unresponsive over the weekend after being found in a lake in Horse Shoe.

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The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death, which occurred at the site of a “Transformus” on Sunday.

Jay Houston Marx, 35, was taken to Park Ridge Hospital where he later died, according to reports. Marx had recently been living in Tryon and was from Annapolis, Maryland.

A Transformus is an outdoor camping experience, according to the Transformus website.

The Transformus group released the following statement after the death:


“On Sunday afternoon, a tragic accident occurred during Transformus. A participant was discovered unresponsive underwater at the lake. The emergency services staff on site promptly responded to provide aid. The man was then transported off the event site by ambulance emergency workers and taken to Park Ridge Hospital. We now have confirmation that while he was at the hospital he did pass away. We have and will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities involved. This is a terrible loss and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the Transformus community.”