Google executive Dan Fredinburg among those killed at Mount Everest base camp following huge earthquake

Google executive Dan Fredinburg among those killed at Mount Everest base camp following huge earthquake
Early Saturday morning, the small nation of Nepal was at the center of the worst earthquake in its history, registering 7.8 on the Richter scale. Since the initial shake-up, as least one significant aftershock has hit the region, measuring a magnitude of 6.7.

Over one thousand people have been reported killed in a quake that impacted the city of Kathmandu to the slopes of Mount Everest and nearby basecamps.

It was at one of these basecamps where a long-time member of Google’s privacy team and executive, Dan Fredinburg died after succumbing to a head injury suffered during an avalanche that resulted from the quake. Three other Googlers were with Fredinburg at the time, but were not injured.

Fredinburg was an active outdoor enthusiast and experienced mountain climber. He led several expeditions for Google gathering images for Google Maps, including famous peaks like Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Mount Elbrus. One day prior to the earthquake, Fredinburg was training-up at base camp, and shared a neat picture on his Instagram account as only an experienced climber could. In addition to the official word from Google, Dan's sister, Megan, also shared the news of his passing, "All our love and thanks to those who shared this life with our favorite hilarious strong willed man."

The head of Google’s privacy team, Lawrence You, announced that Google.org is committing $1 million to the response, and will be setting up a gift matching effort in the coming days.


sources: CNN, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and +Lawrence You

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30 Comments

1. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

- " OK Google " - "How to escape an avalanche ? "

2. seven7dust unregistered

not funny ! someone life isn't a joke ! apparently he dated Sophia bush , lucky at least he had a fun life.

10. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

RIP mate. Hope you can see every single thing where you are right now :(

43. engineer-1701d unregistered

The dude was a millionaire trust me he had a great life if he was wasting time climbing Everest. The rest of us will never see our have what he had so, I guys it was his time

13. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

This guy is doing the "Steve Jobs attitude".

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Come on. That's not funny.

22. jokensy unregistered

That's not funny a**hole!

37. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Okay Google: Guys that act like teenage girls. "I found Industriality, iPhone users and others"

42. engineer-1701d unregistered

Dig a hole

3. gaming64 unregistered

That's too sad. He was a great guy. Respect!

5. Kumar123 unregistered

My condolence to the family. It was horrible. All the building were moving/shaking like crazy. We were afraid then and each and every one of us rushed to road. Even today there is a minor earthquake. Really scary experience.

6. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

The last known official number of casualties is 2200. I know how it felt. I am from India and it was damn scary and people were running out of their houses not knowing what to do. On top of that it was raining. Really felt like an apocalypse!

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

2,336 total reported deaths now according to CNN, the number is climbing way too fast. I'm from California, so I've been through a good deal of earthquakes but nothing like this. Hopefully your friends and family are all safe and accounted for.

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Very sad news not just for him but the others as well. Time to come together and get things picked up.

17. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Rest in peace this is not about someone from Google dying. A man died

18. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

I like how when phonearena posts anything about Steve Jobs the android scene starts mutilating his name but when someone from the Google team dies they expect a huge pitty party. RIP Dan

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, Steve Jobs was the public face of the company, it's easy for people to use him to express their distaste for Apple. I'll even admit to doing it as well, and I'll go ahead and say it, I agree with you it's a double standard. It'll be something for me to consider in the future.

25. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

It's widely known how horrible of a person Steve Jobs was. He was a great marketing person yes, but on a human level he was the type of person you'd probably want to punch in the face. He'd berate people in meetings for ideas he felt were stupid. He'd curse and scream at them. He denied paternity of his own daughter claiming he was infertile. He was not a good person. Steve Jobs mutilated his own name. I'm not saying I'm glad he's dead, I'm just telling the truth about who he was. Now I don't know anything about this exec from Google, but anyone willing to put their life on the line for their job to help map out the world's largest mountains is a good person in my mind.

28. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Jobs name was mutilated posthumously by people like you that literally know nothing but what you've been spoon fed by people that were jealous of his extreme business success, and didn't have the balls to talk bad about him until he was in the ground (likely for fear of being fired).

31. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

The difference between Steve Jobs and the "Google team" is that like stated about was a public face of the company and of course everything he did was in the media. But you don't think Google got to where they are today without having committed similar actions? I'm sorry but if you believe Google is perfect then you're just as stupid and ignorant as your reply post.

32. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

*above

34. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

And btw he wasn't "putting his life on the line" for his job, he was just doing what he loved. Do more research, he was a thrill seeker and was trying to roll out Google Adventure.

30. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I don't expect a pity party & Jobs for all of his business skills was still a POS

33. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

You're literally clueless. Continue to go by what you hear and see how far that gets you in life. You call Steve Jobs a POS yet you never met the guy? Sounds real logical.

41. seven7dust unregistered

Don't be worried too much about the fandroids , they know nothing about real world , Apple will continue to be a powerful company just like steve visioned and created a strong base for many decades to come. Apple will still hold all of Steve's Values of thinking different and creating great products and innovation. No point arguing with a few butthurt fandroids , the more they shout the stronger Apple gets everyday.

27. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Cooperate and coordinate with the government and reap the karmic harvest. Maybe he'd be alive today if he wasn't super rich and spending fat wads of cash climbing mountains that have already been climbed. Mountain climbers like him are destroying the Everest routes and their beauty. Ask the Nepalese.

39. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

Mountain climbers like him are the highest source of revenue for Nepal. Nepalese Sherpa make over 4 times more in the short climbing season than the average Nepalese family does the entire year. On top of that, these climbers pay large amounts to the Nepalese government for the privilege to climb Everest. Without those climbers, Nepal would be in worse shape than Laos or Myanmar.

29. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Don't have much respect for googles privacy team but my condolences to his family

38. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

As much as I hate Google's none-stop privacy invading tactics with a passion, my sincere condolences to his family...

40. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Well this is pretty sucky news :( But to those who are saying "Screw Googles privacy" What has Google done with your details where you have gone "Effin Google screwed me again!!"? I love what Google have done with tech-personalisation, makes things so much easier on Google Now, Wear and just general browsing. Facebook, on the other hand... Well, they have no reason at all. RIP Dan

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