A celebrity plastic surgeon best known for performing several surgeries on Heidi Montag, Dr. Frank Ryan, was involved in a car accident died on Monday. According to The Associated Press, Ryan died after his car fell from a cliff in Malibu on Monday.
The California Highway Patrol told the AP that his 1995 Jeep Wrangler fell off the side of the Pacific Coast Highway and fell on its roof. No cause of death had been established at press time and an autopsy was expected to take place on Tuesday (August 17).
“We are all in shock,” Ryan’s rep told People. “He was such a hardworking, philanthropic man, a loving son, and responsible for changing many people’s lives for the better. He will be missed by many.”
TMZ reported that the 50-year-old doctor was trapped inside his vehicle and suffered from major head injuries. He was pronounced dead after Ventura County Fire Department officials tried to lift him out of the wreckage with a helicopter.
In addition to famously working on “Hills” star Montag, Ryan’s other patients included Vince Neil, Gene Simmons, reality-TV personality Adrianne Curry and Lorenzo Lamas. Montag took to her Twitter page to express her condolences.
“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,” Montag wrote on Tuesday. “My thoughts and prayers go out to his mother, family, friends, and anyone who was ever blessed enough to meet him,” she continued. “He is in a better place. FYI Dr. Ryan never drank, never smoked, he’s never done drugs this was something everyone knows about him. He was always on call 24/7.”
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