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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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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.

1526 days ago


a million bucks says he was doing some stupid **** on his phone when this happened. what a waste.

1526 days ago


Wow I was a friend of Franks and am so shocked to see this on TMZ today. So sad :( He was a very nice guy!! RIP

1526 days ago


Law enforcement tells us the dog was injured but survived.

1526 days ago


Is it confirmed he was texting and driving/cause of crash?

1526 days ago

rebel, rebel    

As long as the dog is ok. That's all that matters. Who cares about the flamer?

1526 days ago

jack e. jett    

janice ****enson says he was a genius.

nuff said.

1526 days ago


mel is behind this because he needs to get tmz from investigating the accident he had,,,so his cronies took out the doc

Posted at 7:55 AM on Aug 17, 2010 by you are wrong and I am right

NO Oksa No Mel
but you are behind this
and now out of guilt you need to put blame on Mel
was your first question about Mel's accident -did he survived?

1526 days ago


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

1526 days ago


Texting and driving at the same time - I hope not.

1526 days ago


The dog survived. It says RIGHT in the story! RIP Dr. Ryan.

1526 days ago


Did he ****ter into a million pieces like the ladies at the end of Death Becomes Her?

1526 days ago


@ American: Karma is spelled with a K! How disgustng you are to poke fun at someone's death. Just remember that karma is very real. It sounds to me that you don't really believe that...

1526 days ago


If you actually read the article...yes the dog was in the car, yes the dog was injured, and yes the dog did survive. Reading what a wonderful tool for getting our questions answered....go figure

1526 days ago


Law enforcement tells us the dog was injured but survived.

(this was the last sentence of the report)

1526 days ago
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