Family's shock over Coon Rapids father-of-three's death at the Boundary Waters

Joseph Fedick drowned when his canoe capsized on Sunday.
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A canoeist who drowned in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has been identified as a Coon Rapids father-of-three.

Joseph Fedick, 31, died in Parent Lake in northern Minnesota on Sunday, with the Lake County Sheriff's Office saying he was in a canoe with another person when it capsized.

While his friend was able to swim to a rock and be rescued, Fedick didn't make it to shore, and his body was found on Monday a few hundred yards from his campsite. Neither was wearing a life vest.

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His death has come as a huge shock to his family, including his brother Robert, who on Facebook described him as a "superman," saying "I will never understand the how or why" about his accidental drowning.

"He was in shape, an avid fisherman, a father, a brother, a friend...he was his fathers son!" he wrote. "There was no way that he couldn't make it out alive, it was mathematically impossible. Something had to of happened, superman doesn't die." [sic]

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He is survived by partner Emma Hanson and "three beautiful" children, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his family.

The youngest of his children, a son, was only born a few weeks ago.

The campaign has so far raised almost $3,000 to help with the family's funeral expenses, with anything above that amount going towards helping his children.

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