A Sad Day For All As Google Executive Killed In Avalanche After Nepal Earthquake

Apr 26, 2015

By now all of you must’ve heard about the earthquake that struck Nepal this Saturday, reported as the worst in the country’s recent history. Measuring a staggering 7.9 on the Richter scale in magnitude, the earthquake managed to cause widespread destruction and loss of life, nearing a total 1,900 casualties.  Among the causalities was also Google’s executive Dan Fredinburg, who was out on an expedition at Mount Everest.

Day 20: Saving ice on top of Kala Patthar. Everest Basecamp in the background is a climate change hotspot. #Savetheice

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Top Google Executive Among Casualties Of Nepal Earthquake

Google’s Dan Fredinburg was at Mount Everest along with the Jagged Globe Team. After an avalanche that followed the earthquake, occurred at Everest’s base, Mr. Fredinburg sustained several head injuries and was unable to recuperate from them. His death was confirmed by his sister, Megan, who posted a picture of the late executive on his instagram, alongside a statement:

This is Dans little sister Megan. I regret to inform all who loved him that during the avalanche on Everest early this morning our Dan suffered from a major head injury and didn't make it. We appreciate all of the love that has been sent our way thus far and know his soul and his spirit will live on in so many of us. All our love and thanks to those who shared this life with our favorite hilarious strong willed man. He was and is everything to us. Thank you.

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Mr. Fredinburg was an avid outdoor enthusiast who also intended to visit Mount Everest last year. Coincidentally, his trip was cancelled, following an avalanche at the base of the world’s tallest peak, that ended in 16 Nepali staff killed. Rescue efforts to aid those who have been left stranded following the avalanche are underway, and are reportedly facing difficulties owing to the tough terrain.

Google’s head of privacy, Lawrence You also confirmed Fredinburg’s death in a blog post, further stating that all other Google engineers that accompanied him are uninjured. Mr. Fredinburg worked on privacy related assignments for Google’s Google X division and was also the lead of Google’s expedition team that involved gathering data for Maps at several of the world’s tallest peaks. A sad day for Google and the tech world in general since people with Mr. Fredinburg’s spirit are hard to come by.