The death of Dan Fredinburg, 33-year-old Google executive, has saddened the world. Dan Fredinburg, along with Google associates Michele Battelli and Flo Nagl, was climbing Mount Everest in support of the charity, Orphan Gift, to benefit two orphanages in Nepal. On Saturday, when the massive earthquake hit Nepal, an avalanche on the mountain was triggered, reports the Huffington Post. Sadly, Dan Fredinburg was one of at least 17 climbers to be overtaken and killed by the avalanche.
Sophia Bush, who dated Dan Fredinburg for a time, posted a heartbreaking tribute to Fredinburg on Instagram.
There are no adequate words. Today I find myself attempting to pick up the pieces of my heart that… https://t.co/fhbdGoAkzL
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) April 25, 2015
“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. His brain knew how to build it. His heart was constantly evolving to push himself to make it so. 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. I’m devastated and simultaneously so deeply grateful to have known and loved him, and to have counted him as one of my tribe. I was so looking forward to our planned download of “all the things” when he got home. I am crushed that I will never hear that story. I am crushed knowing that there are over 1,000 people in Nepal suffering this exact feeling, knowing that they too will never hear another tale about an adventure lived from someone that they love. Disasters like this are often unquantifiable, the enormity is too much to understand. Please remember that each person who is now gone was someone’s Dan. 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. 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.#goodbyesweetfriend#savetheice#Nepal#AdventureswithDAN”
Hearts are heavy this Monday morning for those who knew and loved Dan Fredinburg. The tragic reality of the weekend is setting in, leaving a gaping hole in the lives of so many people, not only for the friends and family of Dan Fredinburg, but for the loved ones of the thousands who died in the horrendous 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. Actress Sharon Lawrence shares her heartbreak over the loss of Fredinburg. The following tweets are just a small sampling of the outpouring of love for the loss of Dan Fredinburg.
— Tyler Wakstein (@theoriginalwak) April 26, 2015
— Phoebe Ezell (@phoebeezell) April 25, 2015
It is apparent that Dan Fredinburg was a popular, charismatic man with a mind that truly worked outside the box. Fredinburg worked for Google X and was responsible for such forward thinking projects as the Google self driving car and Project Loon. Dan Fredinburg will be greatly missed.
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