Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Heidi Montag's Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Frank Ryan, Dies In Car Crash

Access Hollywood
Story photo: Heidi Montag's Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Frank Ryan, Dies In Car CrashDr. Frank Ryan and Heidi MontagGetty ImagesAccess Hollywood
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Dr. Frank Ryan, a well-known Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who transformed Heidi Montag less than a year ago, died following car crash on Monday afternoon, Access Hollywood has confirmed.
The Ventura County Fire Department told Access they received a call at approximately 4:30 PM on Monday that a vehicle veered off the side of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu at Deer Creek Road. Multiple lifeguards traveling the opposite direction on PCH witnessed the crash and attempted to help Ryan.
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California Highway Patrol released a statement on Tuesday; saying Ryan's "Jeep overturned down a rocky embankment towards the ocean and eventually came to rest on its roof. [Ryan] was pronounced deceased at the scene by paramedics."
A helicopter was also called in, but was not used after Ryan was pronounced dead.
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Just prior to 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!" He also posted a photo of his dog, which survived the crash, at the top of the dune.
"A dog was in the Jeep when the collision occurred. The dog was seriously injured but survived and was taken to a local veterinary hospital for treatment," the statement continued.
CHP said there were no other vehicles involved in the crash and the cause is, "still under investigation."
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On Tuesday, Heidi Tweeted, "I am devastated to hear the news of Dr. Frank Ryan's death. He was the most amazing person I have ever known. He was an angel and changed my life and the lives of everyone he met. He was the most brilliant talented surgeon who will ever exist. Dr. Frank Ryan changed the world. My thoughts and prayers go out to his mother, family, friends, and anyone who was ever blessed enough to meet him. He is in a better place."
Janice Dickinson, who worked with Dr Ryan, told Access, "I have deep, deep long history with Doctor Ryan on all levels. He was a kind and gentle soul, an artist and genius and he was my friend. My heart goes out to his family, his mother and all those that he touched... He'll be deeply, deeply missed by me."
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In addition to Heidi and Janice, some of Dr. Ryan's other patients included Adrianne Curry, Gene Simmons, Vince Neil and Shauna Sand.
UPDATE: Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office told Access that Ryan's cause of death was a blunt force head injury.