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

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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