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Google Executive Dan Fredinburg Killed in Nepal Quake

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This is the beginning of Mt. Everest climbing season in Nepal. An avalanche occurred due to the quake. This is so weird. Lots of people have died attempting to reach the summit of Everest, but I wonder how many have died in base camp? Probably not many until today.

 

Google executive Dan Fredinburg among victims of Everest avalanche

Head of privacy for Google X, the company’s highly secretive innovations lab, was among more than a dozen people confirmed killed

Dan Fredinburg, a senior executive at Google, was among more than a dozen people confirmed killed by the avalanche that swept through Everest base camp in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.

Tom Briggs, marketing director for Jagged Globe, a Sheffield-based climbing and adventure company, confirmed the news “with the greatest sorrow”. Two other climbers, Paul Greenan, from Dublin, and British-born Richard Brooks, from Sydney, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries including broken ribs, arm and pelvis.

“They saw the avalanche coming and were able to make a run for it but the camp was right in the middle of it,” said Briggs. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dan’s family and friends.”

Fredinburg was head of privacy for Google X, the company’s highly secretive innovations lab, and a leading force in the Google Adventure team. A larger-than-life personality who called himself “an adventurer not a climber”, he had helped initiate the recent Google Street View project of the trek to Everest base camp and was involved in several Google projects on Everest, including taking a Street View camera to the summit.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/25/google-executive-dan-fredinburg-everest-avalanche

 

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Here is a statement from Google:

Early this morning, Nepal experienced the worst earthquake in its history, registering 7.8 on the Richter Scale. Current reports are that over 1,000 people were killed. It’s a terrible tragedy.

Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy. Dan Fredinburg, a long-time member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View, was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe and we are working to get them home quickly.

The Crisis Response team has launched Person Finder for Nepal, and is working to get updated satellite imagery to aid in the recovery effort. Google.org is committing $1M to the response, and we’ll have gift-matching available soon.

Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal, and with Dan’s family and friends during this terrible time.

http://recode.net/2015/04/25/google-exec-dan-fredinburg-killed-in-nepal-earthquake/

 

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Reading through his tweets is sort of creepy.

https://twitter.com/danfredinburg

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

Day 19: We're cleared for launch. Now we help the Sherpa celebrate this auspicious day and the next stages of our expedition.

Day 11: “Tonight you have learned the final and greatest truth of the ninja: the ultimate mastering comes not from the body, but from the mind. Together, there is nothing our minds cannot accomplish. Help each other draw upon one another, and always remember the power that binds you.

 

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KATHMANDU, Nepal, April 25 (UPI) -- Dan Fredinburg, an adventurer and Google executive, was killed on Mount Everest Saturday morning after a 7.9 earthquake rocked Nepal, his sister Megan announced on Instagram.

"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," his sister said when she posted the sad news on his account. "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."

Megan said he suffered a major head injury "and didn't make it."

An estimated 1,500 people were killed throughout Nepal Saturday.

Variety said Fredinburg was the chief of privacy for Google's Google X facility.

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/2015/04/25/Google-executive-Dan-Fredinburg-killed-in-Mount-Everest-avalanche-following-earthquake-in-Nepal/2051429998325/?spt=sec&or=bn

 
 
 

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KATHMANDU, Nepal, April 25 (UPI) -- Dan Fredinburg, an adventurer and Google executive, was killed on Mount Everest Saturday morning after a 7.9 earthquake rocked Nepal, his sister Megan announced on Instagram.

"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," his sister said when she posted the sad news on his account. "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."

Megan said he suffered a major head injury "and didn't make it."

An estimated 1,500 people were killed throughout Nepal Saturday.

Variety said Fredinburg was the chief of privacy for Google's Google X facility.

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/2015/04/25/Google-executive-Dan-Fredinburg-killed-in-Mount-Everest-avalanche-following-earthquake-in-Nepal/2051429998325/?spt=sec&or=bn

 
 
 

​Hey Storm, I merged our threads because I had one on the main forum from yesterday that was the same as yours. I tried to add my thread to yours but it didn't work out that way. Your thread was added to mine. Sorry...this is the first time I have tried to merge a thread and it didn't exactly work out the way I had planned. Oh, the learning curve of a new forum..lol

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