50-year-old Dr. Frank Ryan, plastic surgeon to Heidi Montag, Vince Neil and Janice Dickinson, died Monday after his Jeep went off the road in a “horrific crash.”
Just prior to the accident, Dr. Ryan was tweeting about hiking in Ventura County with his collie, Jill. Dr. Ryan tweeted twice:
After 25 years of driving by, I finally hiked to the top of the giant sand dune on the pch west of malibu. Much harder than it looks! Whew!
http://twitpic.com/2fflev – Border collie jill surveying the view from atop the sand dune
The pet survived the collision, and was located in the ocean by the California Highway Patrol:
Ryan had gone for a hike with his dog just before he got back in his jeep. As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Ryan’s jeep careered of the side of Pacific Coast Highway at Deer Creek Road in Ventura County around 4:30 pm on Monday… His dog survived the accident, and was taken to a local vet hospital for treatment.
After the crash, Dr. Ryan was trapped in the Jeep and an attempt was made by first responders to evacuate him from the vehicle to treat the major head injuries he sustained in the crash. The attempt was unsuccessful, however, and the surgeon was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy is scheduled today to determine the exact cause of Dr. Ryan’s death.