Twenty-year-old Elder Emilio Ignacio Pradenas Diaz died on January 15 after a brief, undiagnosed illness, and the cause of death is still undetermined. Elder Emilio Ignacio Pradenas Diaz was serving in a city in Argentina in the Uruguay Montevideo West Mission at the time of his death. We are praying for his family and the members of his home stake, the Santiago Chile Ñuñoa Stake.
Church spokesperson Daniel Woodruff released this statement to the Deseret News:
"We are saddened to announce the death of a young missionary serving in South America. 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. Elder Pradenas had been serving in a city in eastern Argentina, part of the Uruguay Montevideo West Mission. We pray his family and loved ones will feel the peace of the Spirit at this time."