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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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From reading the article, it seems like he WAS texting while driving. He seemed to be a genius of a plastic surgeon---- but not too smart to be texting and driving... My condolences to his family and friends..

1527 days ago


3 thoughts- First, it's nice that his last tweet showed that he accomplished something he always wanted to do.
And we should all live our lives like that because we never know when it will be our last moment. And money doesn't buy you happiness or time, so enjoy every moment.

1527 days ago


I am always pained when a person with an education who was a productive member of society dies suddenly. So sad.

Some of you may comment on his "work" but it is what the client wants, asks for, demands... usually.

So please lay off.. I feel bad, VERY bad for all who loved him.

1527 days ago


tragic.....RIP....I hope his Mom will take his dog.....very sad.....

1527 days ago

dora rice    

what will Heidi do now? Must be a shock to her. How could a young guy like him just go over the cliff. To fast driving in a hurry maybe getting back for an appointment......did he have to get out of the way from oncoming traffic? will they find out what made him do that?

1527 days ago


It's pretty obvious he was "tweeting" (such a stupid thing in general) and driving at the same time. Where's Oprah!!!

1527 days ago

dora rice    

oh texting . I forgot about that. Wow. I hope they find out what made him do that.

1527 days ago

Easily Amused    

It always sad when anyone loses their life, those who love and care for them at a huge loss!!
BTW: Douchebag Posters: Stop assuming!If he was texting while driving, it doesn't mean he deserves bad Karma! Geez! He made a bad choice, we all do make them. Last time I looked douchebags make bad choices too, but you're still here!! BTW: Karma is a beaocchh when you talk sh*t about people especially when they are deceased!! All you people know how to do is judge and condemn, I'm sure you haven't parted the red sea or walked on water recently. You suck Assss~!

1527 days ago


God Bless him and his family and I pray God will help them all through this terrible time. Didn’t see it mentioned if he had a wife or children. And, for all you venomous individuals on here who have to write such hateful, disgusting comments, you only wish you had the education and career this man did. If you knew anything about the real world, you would know that Plastic Surgeons do more than boob jobs, tummy tucks and face lifts, they care for those who have been in serious accidents and reconstruct their faces or injured area, so they can feel human again, and help children with birth defects. So, get off your lazy Welfare a$$ and get a job or education and be something in society other than a cynical waste of space. It’s people such as yourselves is why our country is in the shape it is with all the hatred. You’d rather criticize than be a positive human being. You are pathetic! I pray he was not tweeting at the time of the accident, but if he was, I hope this to be a lesson to all those out there that to, or text in general…it’s just not worth a life.

1527 days ago

charles almon    

Mrs. Patrick Campbell is deranged.

1527 days ago

Cali MJ Fan    

How sad. Deepest sympathies to his loved ones. Hope his dog pulls through too.

1527 days ago

Pamula i    

What are you people thinking when you post such comments? This was my dear friend for many many years, he was a kind hearted man that reached out to many kids and people in need every chance he got!! He was not texting and driving, PCH is one of the most dangerous roads in America, due to the curves and small to no shoulder areas. The area of the sand dune was one of those dangerous spots on PCH. So Please, consider his MOTHER AND THOSE THAT KNEW AND LOVED HIM BEFORE YOU POST SUCH STUPID AND HATE FILLED COMMENTS!!
Frank and I had hiked and road horses though out Malibu and he was just doing what he loved.

1527 days ago


Makes you wonder if the hike took a toll on him and he had a heart attack..either way Im sorry for his families loss.

1527 days ago


Does anyone know where Spencer Pratt was at the time of the accident?

1527 days ago


God Bless him and his family. Didn't mention if he was married or had any children. And for all you idiots out that that wish you had the eduction and career such as this man, keep your hateful, devilish comments to yourself, the man lost his life and there are people grieving right now. You are as evil as they come. Plastic Surgeons do more than just face lifts, nose jobs, ect., they make accident victims feel like humans again, or small children with cleft lips, birth defects. We live in a world so so many cynical people and it is out of control, if you people were happy with your own lives and the choices you have made, you would NEVER make comments such as you have. If it makes you feel good about yourselves to make such hateful comments, you are more mentally ill than even you know. I pray he was not tweeting at the time of the accident, but if he was, this should be a lesson to everyone who texts or tweets while could be you the next time.

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