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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.

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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.



Remembering Dr. Frank Ryan

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196.

Robert    

Some very unkind comments on here. The man does have family and friends and it's too bad people can't be respectful even if you don't agree with what he did. What ever happened to the good old days when people adhered to the adage, "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say it at all"?

I hope this was not a case of tweeting or texting while driving. If so, it's a waste of a life and a shame for his loved ones. RIP Dr. Ryan.

1435 days ago
197.

Andolini    

love you Brenda!!!#65...It just shows the good die young...and the Dog-Jill is in critical condition..so hopefully she will make it... He had a business and helped many so yeah..let's give him his repect of life...gone too soon..BUT Ophrah had that pact..don't text and drive...over 17,000 people died last year because of this..he's 1 of thousands..so don't do it..it isn't worth it..RIP.

1435 days ago
198.

Kim -L.A. West    

Sounds like he may have been Tweeting, when his car went over the cliff.

1435 days ago
199.

gimmeabreak    

Are you 'tards still going on about him texting and driving? I mean really!?

1435 days ago
200.

Sacha    

TMZ, could you please inform us if the dog makes it and who will take him home. Family, friends?
Thank you!!

1435 days ago
201.

trollpatrol    

Oh well. Thank God the dog survived though.

1435 days ago
202.

Debbie    

Wow this is sad, I am so sorry. I hope his dog goes to the next person who was close to him and loves his beautiful dog

1435 days ago
203.

Susy    

@ Nolacat

You wrote a beautiful post, thank you..it gives alot of insight into what a wonderful human being Dr Ryan was

1435 days ago
204.

Tom_Beebe    

its been reported that he was texting while driving. I'm relieved to hear he didn't kill anybody else. As for himself, anybody that unconcerned with the safety of others is well removed from this earth.

1435 days ago
205.

SHIRLEY CELINE CISZEK    

DR. RYAN WAS A GIFTED, TALANTED AND CARING DOCTOR. THE ACCIDENT IS SUCH A TRAGETY. HIS LIFE WAS CUT TOO SHORT. HE WILL BE MISSED BY A LOT OF PEOPLE. DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO HIS FAMILY....
SHIRLEY CELINE CISZEK

1435 days ago
206.

jaime sapiain    

Que descanse en paz y pueda reunirse con todas esas grandes personas que han partido.

Mucho amor y paz para su familia, que le recuerden siempre y que en su hornor siempre ayuden al mas necesitado.

Un gran profesional a partido amigos......Dr. Frank Ryan usted siempre estara en el corazon de su gente suerte en su largo camino a la casa del señor.

1435 days ago
207.

jan    

he was not tweeting when he was driving. his picture of his dog, which he also tweeted, was of the dog sitting on the beach. get all the facts before you comment!!!!!!!!

1435 days ago
208.

onlyinPA    

Texting and drivibg..its been confirmed!People never learn. Just glad the dumbass wasn't behind me.

1435 days ago
209.

DI    

To comments from 1,3,and 4. Have you no shame!!! A man lost his life and all you have to say is ugly hateful things!!!

1435 days ago
210.

rhiannon    

Perhaps, climbing the sand dune may have put a strain on his heart, causing him to suffer a heart attack shortly after while driving. Or maybe the tweeting while driving is to blame. Very sad.

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