Google executive killed on Everest


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A Google executive and self-described adventurer is among 10 people killed at a Mount Everest base camp in an avalanche triggered by the Nepal earthquake.

Dan Fredinburg was killed in the avalanche that buried parts of the base camp on Saturday where hundreds of mountaineers were gathered for the start of the climbing season.

He was with several colleagues who survived the tragedy, Lawrence You, director of privacy at Google, said in a blog post.

‘Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy. Dan Fredinburg, a long-time member of the Privacy organisation … was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away,’ You wrote.

‘The other three Googlers with him are safe and we are working to get them home quickly.’

You said was contributing $US1 million ($A1.29 million) to the response efforts.

Fredinburg’s sister Megan said he died of a head trauma.

‘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,’ she posted on his Instagram feed, along with a photo of him scaling a snowy slope.

‘All our love and thanks to those who shared this life with our favourite hilarious strong-willed man. He was and is everything to us,’ she posted.

Fredinburg described himself as an ‘Adventurer, Inventor, and Energetic Engineer Google’ on his Twitter page.

Fredinburg’s LinkedIn profile said he was head of privacy at Google X and had previously worked as an engineer for Boeing.

Officials have confirmed more than 1,400 deaths after the massive earthquake that tore through Nepal, making it the worst disaster in more than 80 years in the quake-prone nation.



Source: Sky News

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