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Death by Twitter, fire by leaf blower


The last tweet of celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan allegedly came moments before he drove his Jeep off a cliff and died. Ironically, the tweet regarded his dog, Jill, who was in the vehicle at the time of the accident and the sole survivor of the wreck. The tweet: 

“Border collie jill surveying the view from atop the sand dune”

Blake’s ex-girlfriend, Charmaine Blake summed up the events that led to the tragedy:

"He lived up in Malibu on a tiny street and he was texting while driving and he accidentally went over the cliff.” dug deeper for details and found that, “The dog, whose name is Jill -- Blake's middle name -- was in the car at the time of the crash and survived injuries to the head, eye and paw.

The California Highway Patrol confirms Ryan was texting before the crash, but investigators have not officially determined the cause of the accident.

‘It is one of the elements that we are investigating,’ CHP Officer Steven Reid says.” (1)

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In related news, Canadian figure skating champion Kurt Browning wasn’t texting when he burned down his Toronto mansion, he was attempting to dry the seats of his Porsche convertible with a leaf blower. From Jalopnik:

“Video shot by neighbors shows flames shooting from the garage of Browning's home. Despite the arrival of 10 fire trucks, the blaze quickly broke through the roof of the house.

Investigators say they believe "the homeowner" may have been attempting to dry off the seats of his unspecified Porsche convertible after a rainy night using an unattended leaf blower. Browning reportedly tried to put the fire out with an extinguisher when he discovered it, but was too late to keep it from spreading.

The skater was home with one of his two children and a painter when the fire started; no one was injured.” 

Later that day, Browning tweeted, presumably not from his Porsche:

“It’s a day like today you find out who your friends are. Thanks all. KB.” 

Full story: (2)


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