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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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16.

c    

THIS is the moron that was responsible for the train wreck that is Heidi? Wow, Karma's a bi tch!

1531 days ago
17.

Hahaha    


"so mel did hurt someone he killed this man

Posted at 7:16 AM on Aug 17, 2010 by you are wrong and I am right"


What a sad THING you are! save the earth from your existence

1531 days ago
18.

abby    

My condolences to his family.

1531 days ago
19.

Dani    

I take it back, I missed the part about the dog surviving. Glad to hear that but, still sad.

1531 days ago
20.

A_Voice    

No LOSS..!
A DEFINITE HOMO-***IT that sells "YOU MUST LOOK BEAUTIFUL OR YOUR A LOSER" to woman. ****er is probably roasting in HELL.!

And how many hair styles can a ***it wear.? ( see those pictures)

Oh, I am glad the dog will be ok.!

1531 days ago
21.

mustang    

He was gorgeous! I think too Tweeting caused the crashed. How sad! May the Lord be with him. Studies have shown texting on the phone while driving is more dangerous than having a .08 level of alcohol in the system. Very sad. He passed too soon.

1531 days ago
22.

Chun LI    

Preventable death if he was texting while driving

1531 days ago
23.

Chris    

Parts of Dr. Ryan will live on forever.

1531 days ago
24.

azlee    

dog is fine the article says.

Nice looking guy in a cowboy hat. This is sad and it goes to show you never know when you are going to go. No time for bad feelings for family or any of that.

1531 days ago
25.

Tellthetruth59    

Very tragic... my condolences to his family and friends.

1531 days ago
26.

Joe    

Also, was that dog jumping around in the car while he was driving and tweeting?

1531 days ago
27.

mustang    

He may not have been tweeting, any distraction is dangerous. Terrible tragedy.

1531 days ago
28.

Palmolive    

for those of you wondering about the dog read the whole damn story idiots, the dog is fine.

1531 days ago
29.

wenzy    

MINUTES BEFORE GOING OFF THE ROAD HE WAS TEXTING? IF THIS DOESN'T WAKE PEOPLE UP NOTHING WILL! HE GAVE UP HIS LIFE FOR A...TWEET! HOW SAD IS THAT?!

1531 days ago
30.

azlee    

we don't know if he was tweeting or texting. they'd know if it was texting though if the phone still worked.

1531 days ago
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