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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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this dr killed himself because he was going to lose his license to practice medicine because of his botched job he did on montag..his last words were
goodbye cruel world

Posted at 8:00 AM on Aug 17, 2010 by you are wrong and I am right

Oksa you know to much
was he killed because of you???
same suicide as Ruslana Korshunova?
or broken knee cups, and left to die ?

1472 days ago


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

hey Oksa was this doctor your plastic surgeon?
and that is how you paid him?

1472 days ago


this is tragic. My thoughts to his family.

So when is TMZ going to start with the non-stop Heidi Montag interviews about how he was a great friend then the crying on cue. My God, they'll have three weeks worth of her reality show based around this tragedy.

1472 days ago


I have always wanted to drive down the Pacific Coast Highway.
Been told it is quite beautiful and I have seen it on tv.
Bad for the doctor.
Good for the dog.

1472 days ago


Condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Ryan. Those that are screaming karma, exactly... keep it in mind while you're spewing your nastiness for all to see.

1472 days ago

Rhoda Penmark    

Can there can be "major head injuries" to such a minor head? Sucks to be Frank in his range rover. Karma-like Tila Tequila, Lindsay Lohan and Sam Ronson-is a bitch.

1472 days ago


Here is the moral of this story.
If you have been meaning to do something for 25 years ....DON"T DO IT!

1472 days ago


This is terrible. Like a 9/11 for Hollywood only worse.

1472 days ago


While no one wishes ill will, what comes around goes around... A few years ago, a woman fell outside of Chanel in Beverly Hills and fractured her skull. Dr Ryan stood by and watched on unwilling to help while citizens rendered first aid. He stood there and did absolutely nothing. Luckily the woman survived - no thanks to Ryan. I hope you're in a place Dr R.

1472 days ago


Now if every other plastic surgeon would die, we wouldn't have any more of those hideously ugly fake breasts to look at.

Thank God he won't be installing anymore of those.


1472 days ago

Rhoda Penmark    

"Law enforcement tells us the dog was injured but survived." Weare talkin bout Heidi,right?

1472 days ago


RIP Dr. Ryan. My heart hurts after hearing this news. He truly was a nice and generous man. I hope his Bony Pony Ranch will continue to help the kids. He will be missed. Farewell my friend.

1472 days ago

a total fan    

So he was meaning to do this for some 25 years ...must have been the last thing on his bucket list.

1472 days ago


Headline should have been :

Train Wreck Doc killed in Car wreck

1472 days ago

My two cents ;)    

It's sad that someone died. He never did anything wrong to anybody..The people he operated on are all soul-less ghouls. Maybe God wanted him to keep him safe from the devils he operated on. RIP Dr Frank

1472 days ago
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