(UPDATE 10 p.m. Sunday): Race officials report that the half-marathon runner rushed to the hospital has died. )

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A participant in the Los Angeles Rock ‘n’ Roll half-marathon was rushed to a hospital after collapsing near the finish line. The man died Sunday evening.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says paramedics responded Sunday morning about two hours into the event downtown.

The victim, approximately 40 years old, was taken to the hospital in grave condition.

Scott says the incident is the only serious health issue associated with the race.

About 15,000 runners and walkers participated in the half-marathon, which began and ended at L.A. Live.

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