'His work contributed to saving millions of lives': Trailblazing Canadian HIV/AIDS researcher, 71, dies of an asthma attack while swimming in Florida (Dr. Julio Montaner)

A Canadian HIV/AIDS researcher died of an asthma attack while swimming off a Florida beach on a family vacation.

Dr Mark Wainberg, 71, was in the water Tuesday afternoon when his son lost sight of him, Bal Harbor police Captain Mike De La Rosa told the Miami Herald. 

'Canada and the world have lost a great scientist and a great man,' Dr Julio Montaner, director of the British Columbia Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, told The Globe and Mail.  

Jordan Gass-Poore reports

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