Dan Fredinburg has died at age 33. The Google exec, who previously dated Chicago P.D. actress Sophia Bush, was killed after a Nepal earthquake triggered a Mt. Everest avalanche on Saturday, April 25. Fredinburg’s sister confirmed the news on his official Instagram account.
“This is Dan’s little sister Megan. I regret to inform all who loved him that during the avalanche on Everest early this morning our Dan suffered from a major head injury and didn’t make it,” she wrote Saturday. “We appreciate all of the love that has been sent our way thus far and know his soul and his spirit will live on in so many of us. All our love and thanks to those who shared this life with our favorite hilarious strong willed man. He was and is everything to us. Thank you.”
Fredinburg was the head of privacy for GoogleX and a Google adventurer, often posting photos from his travels. On Saturday, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake caused the devastating avalanche, with a death toll that has reportedly now passed 1,000.
On hearing the news, Bush also posted her condolences via Instagram. Us Weekly broke news in August 2014 that the pair split after 10 months of dating. That April, Bush revealed that Fredinburg was okay following yet another scary Mt. Everest avalanche.
“There are no adequate words. Today I find myself attempting to pick up the pieces of my heart that have broken into such tiny shards, I’ll likely never find them all. Today I, and so many of my loved ones, lost an incredible friend. Dan Fredinburg was one-of-a-kind. Fearless. Funny. A dancing robot who liked to ride dinosaurs and chase the sun and envision a better future for the world,” Bush, 32, wrote Saturday.
“He was one of my favorite human beings on Earth. He was one of the great loves of my life. He was one of my truest friends. He was an incredible brother, a brilliant engineer, and a damn good man,” she continued. “I’m devastated and simultaneously so deeply grateful to have known and loved him, and to have counted him as one of my tribe.”
The exes were so close post-split, that they were going to reunite following his journey. “Please remember that our time on this Earth is not guaranteed. Please tell those you love that you do. Right now. This very minute. And please send a kiss to the sky for my friend Dan,” the One Tree Hill alum continued. “His energy is so big and so bright, and it’s all around us, so put some love toward him today. And then hug your loved ones again.”
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