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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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Twitter kills.

1526 days ago


Man see you can change what God did and how he made people, everything happens for a reason. HollyWood stop changing your self!! Be happy with who you are.

1526 days ago


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

1526 days ago


Friend of us very sad. The dog is with his mother. Don't be mean he is a very nice man.

1526 days ago


I love it when folks act like it's no big deal when people die and make so light of it. What a bunch of azzholes.

1526 days ago

charles almon    

Why is some NUT contacting ME?
For criticising another 'poster'.

1526 days ago

Easily Amused    

Maria; good points made. Very well said, it's usually people who are disappointed with themselves who cast stones to those who seem superior to them! Too many haters around us, I don't know why other countries envy the U.S. so much, the lack of quality people running a muck here ruin the whole "United" part in United States!! Peace!~

1526 days ago


#127 Maria: I agree but when the news media attaches the man to Heidi's photos with her name first in the headline it's hard to see past that for most. I blame the media for not giving this man the dues he so deserves. TMZ, please get rid of Heidi's name and photo. Who cares. Just give us a good headline about a highly respected plastic surgeon dies in accident. Put her name in the list of people you have within the copy. It's not about her. It's about him. Give the man a break!

1526 days ago


Dude looked gay.

1526 days ago

charles almon    

Many of you posters need seriously counseling.
I criticised A POSTER, not the doctor.

Take your meds.

1526 days ago

Anon E Mouse    

Holy crap.


1526 days ago


Weird - my uncle Frank Ryan died in a car crash when he was 49.

1526 days ago


For all those acting so high and mighty about the dog...yes it says it survived the accident, but it also says he was pulled out of the ocean seriously injured. Have you never heard of anyone that survives an accident only to die in the hospital??? duh! He is not necessarily o.k.

It is sad about the man but people care about an innocent animal that was put into a reckless situation. Deal with it!

1526 days ago

Anony Moose    

Why'd you update the pic of him to include that skank ho he operated on, TMZ? Figure it'd get more views?

1526 days ago


Oh, wow, he's responsible for Janice ****inson's ugly face, too?! There is some justice in this world I guess.

1526 days ago
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