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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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256.

Officer Don    

Such a contrast...Smart enough to become a physician and surgeon but not smart enough to not text while driving. A warning to all of us. God Bless his family and friends.

1490 days ago
257.

lexx    

I knew this man. I sat in his waiting room with ex-gang members waiting their turn for laser tatoo removal. I hear him talk about the animals on his ranch and about his mother. He told me about his charity while never asking for any support. I hear him praise his staff. I told him I wanted a chemical peel and he told me I didn't need it. He helped my friend feel proud of herself and confident again.

Too all the ppl who never knew him or anything about him other than one fame seeking client but degrade him anyway... STFU!

1490 days ago
258.

elise p    

PEOPLE NEED TO READ THE STORY "LAW ENFORCEMENT TELLS US THE DOG WAS INJURED BUT SURVIVED"...COME ON PEOPLE READ THE WHOLE STORY

1490 days ago
259.

JENNIFER    

THIS IS VERY SAID,HE WAS JUST A YOUNG MAN..MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HIS FAMILY..

1489 days ago
260.

Susan    

Too GOOD (SOUL,,OCCUPATION,GENEROSITY, AND KINDNESS)to go so soon. Heaven just received an ANGEL. Thank you for being GENUINE and AUTHENTIC Dr. FRANK RYAN. YOU were/are SPECIAL human being!
GONE TOO SOON!!

1489 days ago
261.

Kathleen Seeley    

To Dr. Frank Ryan's family and friends, please accept my deepest condolances. It has now been a week since his passing, and I am still in shock. Three years ago, I was a patient of his, and his professionalism, incredibly fine work, ethics and compassion made the experience much less scary for me (I rarely use traditional medicine), the results are truly wonderful, and have contributed greatly to my self-esteem and have allowed me to enjoy life more.
Just a few days before his accident, I was remarking to my best friend that it seems that many of the good do die young on this strange planet...
AND TO ALL THE NAKED APES, COWERING IN THEIR UGLY CAVES, HIDING BEHIND THE ANONYMITY OF THE INTERNET, YOUR TINY, HATE-FILLED MINDS DARTING ABOUT, SERACHING DESPERATELY FOR SOMETHING TO HATE, LET ME GIVE YOU A LESSON: THIS DISGUSTING RACE ON THIS CHARNEL HOUSE OF LOWER EDUCATION IS DIVIDING, AND YOU WILL BE AMONG THE UGLY MINDS THAT WILL SOON FIND THEMSELVES ON EVEN LOWER PLANETS, AS IT IS GLARINGLY OBVIOUS YOU ARE BARELY OUT OF THE TREES, AND BASTARDS SUCH AS YOU ARE IMPEDING THE PROGRESS OF TRUE HUMANS - YES, THERE ARE WORST PLACES THAN THIS YOUNG, VIOLENT WORLD...
Again, to Dr. Frank Ryan's dear ones, please accept my deepest condolances, I too, have had much loss in my life having lost a fiance to a drunken, aggressive driver and even worse... The ugly thoughts posted by naked apes are of absolutely no consequence...
During his time on the other side, I am sure that Dr. Ryan will continue to do much good, until he returns...
You will meet up with your dear one again, and the joy you feel at that moment will eclipse all the suffering you are enduring now.

Kathleen Seeley

1486 days ago
262.

Rikki    

Poster #265 needs to take his or her meds before posting.
'nuff said. :-)

1485 days ago
263.

RUP    

i agree with poster #266. shame on you #265. do you really think that your friend would want you to get in the toilet with the people who are saying terrible things? you should have sense enough to ignore those things especially because none of these people knew your friend. sticks and stones.......your rant makes you sound nutty!

1485 days ago
264.

cat     

this is tragic, my family was friends with him... He was a devoted son. My concern is Why was there a photographer so close and ready...did he drive off intending to escape the omnipresent paparazzi? I certainly pray this isn't the case....

1480 days ago
265.

ralph    

Very unfortunate indeed. I have seen mr ryan's cosmetic outcomes and they are horrendous to say the least. It is so sad that people utilize the services of these psycho commercial plastic surgeons in order to enhance their physical appearance but instead end up looking like accident victims. ...oh the irony!....

1480 days ago
266.

Cheryl    

Let me set the record straight for everyone. Dr. Ryan was always a wonderful friend, son, human being, philanthropist, and most of all, surgeon. He gave 100%+ of himself to anything or anyone he touched. His surgeries, including my own, were really a work of art for him. It was a way of expressing one's inner self, and he excelled at it. Any surgery Frank did was never pushed upon a patient. He would never do anything HE felt would not have a fabulous end result. If someone wanted a procedure and he did not agree (as I did once), he would not do the surgery (and he didn't).. I have had him tell me "no", more than once when asking him for a new procedure. Frank ONLY did what he was ASKED to do, and ONLY if he agreed and felt it was in good taste. It had to enhance the person he was working on. I know of many other cases which he turned down as he felt it too excessive. If his work is not something you like, perhaps look at the patient, it was at their request. He also had an extensive psycological questionaire for those he did not know, just to be certain they were "in the right place" emotionally. So the few of you who feel his work was "horrendous", hopefully will realize, it was what the patient asked for, how they, themselves wanted it. I never met any person ( and I met hundreds) that were not overjoyed with his work. The man was a genius and a brilliant surgeon. In addition had the utmost integrity in his personal and business life. So take note, if you didn't like his work, it;s just your opinion and NO ONE cares about that. WE, his patients and his friends, are happy with any surgery he performed and have no question it enhanced the look that we were trying to achieve. So put the blame on us, not the brilliant surgeon who performed it! It annoys me that you think he had that much power over me, to do something other than what I asked for! Are you nuts? It's certainly your loss for never having met the man. God Bless.
Thank you very much.

1475 days ago
267.

ralph    

Hey I have a great idea for a new celebrity plastic surgery site…..The name of the site would be…...AWFUL PLASTIC SURGEONS.COM ..the site would feature the celebrity’s before and after pictures along with the name, picture and business address of the plastic surgeon who was responsible for the outcome….In addition, the site commentator would the president from the Screen Actors Guild of Los Angeles...I’m sure the site would be a smashing success don't you? ......:).....

1473 days ago
268.

ralph    

Hey I have a great idea for a new celebrity plastic surgery site…..The name of the site would be…...AWFUL PLASTIC SURGEONS.COM ..the site would feature the celebrity’s before and after pictures along with the name, picture and business address of the plastic surgeon who was responsible for the outcome….In addition, the site commentator would be the president from the Screen Actors Guild of Los Angeles...I’m sure the site would be a smashing success don't you? ......:).....

1466 days ago
269.

nn    

why would a ****ing richass plastic surgeon drive a piece of **** car that is 15 years old and its a ****ing jeep? cant he a drive a ****ing escalade or something that has more safety features?

1448 days ago
270.

edeca    

it's so crazy yesterday was a harable day over here in northren cali u kno how may car accadents i seen on the freeway i seen about 4 accadents just on the freeway alone and to hear that this doctor died in a car accadent wow rip dr ryan prayer are with ur family

1426 days ago
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