UPDATE: Wichita OB/GYN doctor died in snorkeling accident

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WICHITA, Kan. -- New details have been released in the death of a popular Wichita OB-GYN doctor.

Dr. Douglas Douthit died last week. Today, his office staff confirmed that he died in a snorkeling accident while vacationing in Mexico.

Dr. Douthit has been at Wichita OB-GYN Assocates since 1983. The Wichita Business Journal reports that since then, he provided care for more than 7,000 patients.

According to the biography on the Wichita OB-GYN Associates website, his clinical activities include general and high-risk obstetrics and gynecology. He also served on the Home Health Care and Pharmacy committees at Wesley Medical Center, and the Library Committee at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita.

Krista Long, Practice Administrator for Wichita OB-GYN Associates, released the following statement Tuesday:

"Dr. Douthit's partners remain committed to providing you with the excellent patient care that you became accustomed to as a patient of Dr. Douthit’s. As a practice, we are dedicated to the continued care of his patients and our staff members stand ready to assist you in scheduling appointments, refilling prescriptions, and answering questions related to your health care needs. Please do not hesitate to contact our office at (316) 685-0559."

Last week, the KU School of Medicine released the following statement:

"Dr. Douthit was a physician, teacher, mentor and colleague. The KU School of Medicine–Wichita and our students are better because of his work and his many contributions.

We will miss him, and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones."

Services for Dr. Douthit will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 12 at NewSpring Church. That's located at 12200 E. 21st St. N.

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