Google executive Dan Fredinburg was among those lost in the deadly earthquake-triggered avalanche on Mount Everest that killed at least 18 people, leaving dozens more injured and missing on Saturday.
According to an Instagram post by his sister, Fredinburg ultimately succumbed to a major head injury.
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.
Before the 33-year-old left for his expedition, family and friends wrote letters for him to read at the summit. Max Stossel was among those who penned a message.
The letter read:
Dan (Dan Dan Dan)
You must be really high up for this written Echo (echo echo echo). Everyone you know and love is eventually going to die (die die die). When we do, we leave behind our stories. These stories are told and passed on, impacting the lives of others until they are stories (stories stories stories). Your story has already greatly impacted mine for the better. With each adventure you return with stories that most people wouldn’t dream of experiencing themselves (selves selves selves).
Thank you for pushing the human race to be greater, more daring, and to truly live life rather than survive it (it it it). I love you, brother. Please return safely with stories (stories stories). And even if you don’t…we’ll all be horrified, saddened, and heartbroken, that we can’t create new stories with you but we’ll also know that you’ve already lived the equivalent of at least 100 lifetimes.
You are a [expletive] champion.
Safe, wonderful and breathtaking journey.
Max Stossel (ossel ossel ossel)