Investigators: Short Hills man suffocates after falling from ski chairlift in Colorado

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A New Jersey man has died during a ski chairlift accident in Colorado, investigators say.

Investigators confirm that Jason Varnish, of Short Hills, fell through an opening in a chairlift seat with his coat wrapped around his head and neck.

The chairlift's seat was upright instead of in the down position and Varnish suffocated.

A coroner has ruled his death an accident.

The investigation is ongoing.

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