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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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76.

cal    

R.I.P DOC RYAN,
A sad day when people take the piss when somebody dies,
SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR HIS FAMILY.

CAL

1444 days ago
77.

m1a1    

Janice is deeply deeply 'anguished'? Adjective, dumbass. Did the good doctor take the fatty deposits from between her ears?

1444 days ago
78.

Phreaky    

Very sad. That being said, you know, all the people listed that were clients of his, all look pretty horrible.

1444 days ago
79.

Shannon    

That's sad...

What's worse is that the only time a paramedic can pronounce someone dead is when they are decapitated or close enough to it. Other than that a coroner has to do it.

RIP Dr. Ryan

1444 days ago
80.

bob    

I looked up where the Jeep went over the side and I will lay odds this was TWD .

Texting
While
Driving

1444 days ago
81.

DJ    

Good thing his carma didnt kill his dogma!

1444 days ago
82.

Joe    

OK...THREE KEY POINTS HERE...DEATH WISH OR JUST STUPID???
1.) WAS HE TEXTING/ TWEETING WHILE DRIVING, 2.) WAS THAT DOG OF HIS UNSECURED IN THE CAR WHILE HE WAS DRIVING 3.) WHY WAS HE DRIVING A 15 YEAR OLD JEEP (THOSE THINGS TURN OVER VERY EASY) HE HAD THE MONEY FOR SOMETHING SAFER.

1444 days ago
83.

anony    

Wow. Karma is a bitch, bitch!

1444 days ago
84.

Amanda Turner    

Did anyone catch the fact he was driving a 1995 jeep? With money like that you would think it would at least be a 1999?!?

1444 days ago
85.

cat    

How disgusting that some people on here are so cruel. It's amazing how some in our society have zero heart and make cavalier comments about someone's death. This man was someone's son and perhaps brother and no doubt someone's friend. Hope you never have to read garbage, classless remarks about someone you may lose.

1444 days ago
86.

Zachary Selig    

I grief stricken with Frank's death - he was one of my best friends. He changed my life and also saved it. He was a genius surgeon and a humanitarian in everyway. Zachary Selig

1444 days ago
87.

Fan    

He was a cool dude. He was reading texts in response to his twitter/picture posts. He took his eyes off the road for too long. That's part of being cool. Part of being a self-referential star. It happens.

In Marilyn Monroe's time it was all about drinking, downers and driving. Lots of death that way. Today it is all about iphones and droid phones while driving. Same result.

1444 days ago
88.

Kelly    

Has everyone lost the capacity to read? How many of these comments ask about what happened to the dog?! It's right there in the story -- the dog was badly injured, found in the water, and survived.

1444 days ago
89.

Pugs    

Quite honestly, all the people who were mentioned as patients look like absolute hell save for Adrianne Curry. Janice ****inson, Shauna Sands, Vince Neil and Gene Simmons - Not a very pretty client list if you ask me. If I saw that list I would go to another doctor.

1444 days ago
90.

hihat    

I'll call this karma. The guy was a butcher -- all the stars listed as his patients came out looking like FREAKS. Thank God he didn't do any work on his cute border collie...

1444 days ago
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