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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.

Remembering Dr. Frank Ryan


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Squeaky Shoes    

clearly people don't read the articles...

"Ryan's last Tweet, "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."

1491 days ago


he must have been good to perform plastic surgery on air! I've always though air was looking a little old.

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1491 days ago


#3 Alicia

1491 days ago

a long time Leno fan!    

A tragic way for his good life to end. He performed incredible work and his handsome face will be remembered. When I saw the work he performed on Heidi, I was absolutely amazed at how he took an already beautiful girl and transformed her into a gorgeous and classically phenomenal looking woman. Heidi turned into a sophisticated and elegantly attractive lady who has everything available to her moving forward.

Rest in peace Dr. Frank Ryan. Your work is done, you will be missed.

1491 days ago

Y do he got    

WOW sir so sorry so sad.Jeeps on hwys don`t work,they were built for offroad and slow speeds.ALL kinds of death in JEEPS- the DOG must have flown from the jeep?.MAD MEL was seen up there just before!maybe he wambby BAR`ed the DOC?.Doc N takes a lot of school should have would of could of GONE^^^ wonder if that monkey went to heaven?.

1491 days ago


did the dog make it?

1491 days ago


Did the border collie die too? Poor Jill.

1491 days ago


Very sad. Thoughts & prayers go out to his family & friends.

Tweeting minutes before the crash - could he have been distracted by texting/tweeting while driving? Sad, indeed.

1491 days ago


what goes around , comes around ..
payback is a BITCH ...

1491 days ago


this is kind of freaky! is this what obituaries will turn into.. and here's his Twitter page.. and here's his blog and here's his Facebook.. makes me think twice about what I post as it might just be my "last tweet" and I'm not sure if I want that to be bitching about onion rings!

1491 days ago


that is so awful!!! i saw him on the Girls Next Door, he did the work on Kendra's mom and he came across as such a nice guy. truly a tragedy! just goes to show you to live every moment and grab happiness while you never know when you're going to go. very sad.

1491 days ago

Bubbles The Chimp    

The guy was definitely texting. If you go to his twitter account, his last post says it was posted "about 15 hours ago'. Do the math and that makes it the same time he supposedly ran off the road.

1491 days ago

American Psycho    

He died with sand in his vagina

1491 days ago


Frank Ryan, was am incredible human being. Yes his clients were many of Hollywood actors, however Frank had a heart of gold and volunteered his time and talent to work with children who were injured or born with deformities. Frank went above and beyond even creating a Ranch to help underprivileged children. He was an honorable person a gentlemen and a friend who had an incredible talent. Goodbye friend.
Also from my understanding Jill (his dog) will be ok.

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