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Dr. Frank Ryan -- Famous Plastic Surgeon Dies

8/17/2010 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ... Dr. Frank Ryan -- a prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon to the stars, famous for Heidi Montag's extreme makeover, is dead ... killed in a car crash.

Dr. Frank Ryan's Death

According to law enforcement, Dr. Ryan's Jeep went over the side of Pacific Coast Highway yesterday at around 4:30 PM.  The Jeep landed on rocks and lifeguards initially tried to help Ryan, to no avail.

Ryan, who was 50, was trapped in the vehicle and had major head injuries.  The Ventura County Fire Department tried hoisting Ryan using a helicopter, but the attempt was called off. Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Minutes before the crash, Ryan Tweeted, "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!"

Ryan's last Tweet before he died, "Border collie jill surveying the view from atop the sand dune."  Ryan posted the picture below with his Tweet.  Law enforcement tells us the dog was injured but survived.


Dr. Frank Ryan is DeadAmong Ryan's patients -- Gene Simmons, Shauna Sand, Vince Neil and Adrianne Curry. 

Dr. Ryan appeared on numerous TV shows and even performed plastic surgery on the air.

UPDATE: TMZ just received a statement from Janice Dickinson's rep saying, "Janice is deeply, deeply anguished!  She is stunned and wants the world to know what a genius Dr. Ryan was."

The rep adds, "He was a friend and my love goes out to his mother and the rest of the family."

UPDATE:  According to the CHP, Ryan's 1995 Jeep Wrangler veered off the roadway and overturned down a rocky embankment toward the ocean, coming to rest on its roof.  Ryan was pronounced dead by paramedics.  Law enforcement sources tell us Ryan's dog was found in the ocean and seriously injured.  The dog was taken to a local veterinary hospital.

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How sad :(

1526 days ago


sympathies to his family and friends. and to the faces he wrecked.

1526 days ago


Makes you wonder if he was tweeting while he was driving? or if he tweeted that right after the hike and then headed down the road?

1526 days ago


Just what I wondered # 5. I wonder if he was tweeting while driving. This is sad, tho. Rest in peace, man.

1526 days ago


Very sad indeed. TMZ any word if the Border Collie he posted a pic on his twitter survived? I hope so
Pic quote "Border collie jill surveying the view from atop the sand dune"

1526 days ago


Deepest sympathies to all his loved ones.

1526 days ago


Texting while driving ?

1526 days ago


Tragic. Very talented and gifted. RIP.

1526 days ago


Simply horrible especially when its to just relax and take a load off

1526 days ago

Bubbles The Chimp    

Wow. That sucks. Now Gene Simmons will look like the Crypt Keeper in a few years.

It is the Heidi Montag Curse. RIP.

1526 days ago


Was the dog in the car with him? Where is the dog? How is the dog? And, if you drive and tweet you're likely to meet up with Kharma and she can be a beeyotch.

1526 days ago


Ummm, where is the dog????

1526 days ago


I just going to ask the same thing... Was he tweeting or texting while driving? People really need to realize really how dangerous that is not only to themselves but others around them. So strange how he just got done doing something he was always wanting to do!

1526 days ago


You haters are all idiots. Poor guy. I'm glad his dog survived, but what a way to go. Do something you've been meaning to do for 25 years and then bam... die. Condolences to the family and friends!

1526 days ago


Very sad. RIP.
Now, update us with news on the DOG please!! Harvey, you being the dog lover you are, why aren't you on this?!? Why leave us hanging on this one or are you saving this and leaving it out so we have to watch tonight? Too many dog lovers out there want to know NOW! Not wait all day to find out!

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