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Dan Fredinburg

Google Executive Killed in Everest Avalanche After Nepal Quake

Apr 25, 2015

An executive at Google was killed when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal on Saturday morning and started an avalanche on Mount Everest, where he was part of a climbing team, his family said.

Dan Fredinburg was climbing Everest with a Jagged Globe expedition team when he suffered a fatal head injury, according to Jagged Globe and his family. He was one of at least 10 people killed on Everest and more than 1,300 people killed across Nepal in the quake.

Fredinburg's sister shared the news of his death on social media:

At Google, Fredinburg was an engineer who focused on privacy, including for the Google X innovation lab, Re/code reports.

Two other members of his Jagged Globe group were also hurt in the avalanche on Saturday, Jagged Globe said, but they had non-life-threatening injuries.

Shortly before his death, Fredinburg posted this picture:

Day 22: Ice training with @micbattelli means frequent stops for morning cappuccino, regardless of danger. #Everest2015

A post shared by Dan Fredinburg (@danfredinburg) on

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A man is freed from a collapsed building in Kathmandu on Saturday, April 25 following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake.
A man is freed from a collapsed building in Kathmandu on Saturday, April 25 following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake.Narendra Shrestha—EPA
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People carry a victim who was removed from the collapsed Dharara tower following the earthquake in Kathmandu.
Security personnel and local people operating rescue operation at Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu on April 25, 2015.
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A vehicle sits on a badly damaged stretch of road in Kathmandu.
Emergency rescue workers search for survivors in the debris of Dharara tower in Kathmandu after it collapsed.
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Volunteers taking out a dead body from the rubbles in Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu.
People clear debris in Basantapur Durbar Square while searching for survivors in Kathmandu.
A man passes a collapsed temple at Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu residents run to shelters after a replica tremor hit the city on April 25, 2015.
A Nepalese man and woman hold each other in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was severely damaged by an earthquake on April 25, 2015.
People staying outdoors in fear of aftershocks, in central Kathmandu.
People sleep outside on a street following a massive earthquake in Kathmandu on April on 2015.
A man is freed from a collapsed building in Kathmandu on Saturday, April 25 following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake.
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