Santa Monica Filmmaker, Google Executive Killed in Avalanche on Mount Everest

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UPDATE: Santa Monica documentary filmmaker Tom Taplin was also among those killed by the Mount Everest avalanche unleashed by the Nepal earthquake. Taplin’s wife, Cory Freyer, told NBC News, “It sounds trite, but he died doing what he loved doing.” Taplin, 61, was in Nepal making a documentary about the Mount Everest base camp.

Also killed in the avalanche was Google executive Dan Fredinburg, one of 17 people who died on Mount Everest after a 7.8 earthquake ripped through Nepal on Saturday morning.

His younger sister, Megan, made the announcement on Instagram. He apparently suffered a “major head injury.”

Fredinburg, 33, was chief of privacy for the company’s Google X facility. Last year, he reportedly survived another deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.

“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,” his sister wrote. “All our love and thanks to those who shared this life with our favorite hilarious strong willed man. He was and is.”

By Sunday, authorities said more than 3,200 people had died as a result of the quake.

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  1. robRmh says:

    A great photo of him looking like he was on top of world and happy. I trust his ending was quick and without suffering. RIP

  2. Paul Brno says:

    You would think that after surviving an avalanche on the same Mt. Everest mountain last year that a lite bulb would have gone off in his head telling him that mountain climbing is really dangerous & that maybe he should choose a less dangerous sport like golf. But not that golf course that Harrison Ford crashed that 73 year old plane on. No disrespect & rest in peace. Another senseless death. And he had everything to live for. Most of us poor slobs, myself included have to work dangerous jobs. I was a NYC Sanitation worker for 24 years. Two of my brothers & my father were NYC Fireman. And my 100 year old Uncle Pete was a NYC Cop. As a sanman (sanitation worker) I tore a biceps on my left arm, Sipped on the ice & broke my left elbow & humorous, had 2 knee surgeries, glass in both eyes that had to be removed by an eye doctor, I tripped on Cobble stone & broke my left eye orbit & nose, got cut on my left leg that got infected & required 3 surgeries & bi-pass. I’ now 70. I retired last June 2 nd. I’m also an actor & writer. my younger brother Tony who was a fireman who used to drive the chief to the fires over slept on 9/11 & as a result didn’t get killed when a chunk of the World Trade Center crushed the chief’s car killing him & the fireman who took my brother’s place on 9/11. My brother spent a month looking through the rubble for the chief. And every year around 9/11, he’d start drinking vodka. He was in & out of rehab 6 times & died on September 4th, 2010. He said as 60. My sister who gave up drugs 30 years ago died last December 2nd. She was 61.

  3. Will Raee says:

    A man dies, and because he is an executive who worked hard to be successful, you scumbags are focused on the fact that he was mentioned in a trade magazine?!?! So much hatred for a man who died trying to accomplish another amazing challenge. You are all pathetic losers who are just jealous of someone who you think doesn’t deserve recognition. That’s just as bad as the rich elite judging poor people… you’re both the same disgusting animals, just on different sides of the fence. I’m sure CNN and a hundred other news sources are covering the Earthquake and the thousands who died, but this is Variety and they cover production and tech, so of course they would spotlight one of their own!

  4. Joe Schmo says:

    Another hotshot exec who had all his gear carried by Sherpas, another hotshot exec acting like a conqueror, another hotshot exec dead.

  5. lchands53 says:

    Reblogged this on lchands53 and commented:
    RIP

  6. PATRICK ANDERSON says:

    WHO CARES!!

    • JAMES ANDREWS says:

      NOBODY CARES WHEN THERE ARE REAL WORLD ISSUES GOING ON TOUGH COOKIES PEOPLE DIE WHAT MAKES HIM SO DAMN SPECIAL NOTHING THATS WHAT IM SICK OF ALL THE RICH FOLK ACTING LIKE THEY ARE SO DAMN IMPORTANT WITHOUT MONEY YOU WOULDNT BE SHIT JUST ON OF THE THOUSANDS THAT DIED NOT A GOOGLE EXECUTIVE!!!

  7. EK says:

    Probably would have been better to have said “among those killed” to aswage the blowback from this major tragedy.

  8. Sherlock Holmes says:

    So that is your headline. Not the other thousand & more that have been killed in the devastation. Just One Gooogle Executive killed in Mt.Everest. Thats a shame!

  9. Sherlock Holmes says:

    So

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