Google executive killed in Nepal earthquake while hiking Everest

Fredinburg was privacy director for the company’s Google X team, which is responsible for some of the search company’s more forward-thinking initiatives, including driverless cars and Google Glass.
A frequent and experienced climber, Fredinburg was scaling Everest with two other Google (GOOGL, Tech30) employees this weekend, while a 7.8-magnitude earthquake caused an avalanche.
Though the other two Googlers survived along with other sherpas and climbing team members, Fredinburg succumbed to a severe head injury, according to an Instagram post on his account written by his sister.
“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 Megan wrote. “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.”
His girlfriend, Ashley Arenson, called Fredinburg “magical” in a CNN interview on Sunday.
“He had this way of making the people around him just feel special without even trying, and make people feel feel like they could accomplish anything they wanted,” Arenson said.
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Fredinburg formed the Google Adventure Team, which mapped exotic locations for Google’s Street View tool. The team took 360-degree photos of the summit of Mt. Everest and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, among others.
A Google executive who made headlines for dating actress Sophia Bush, Fredinburg had been posting photos and updates of his adventures in Nepal on Instagram and Twitter, where he referred to himself as an “adventurer, inventor, and energetic engineer.”
Bush shared her grief on Instagram, calling Fredinburg “one of my favorite human beings” and “one of the great loves” of her life.
“Today I find myself attempting to pick up the pieces of my heart that have broken into such tiny shards, I’ll likely never find them all,” she wrote. “Today I, and so many of my loved ones, lost an incredible friend.”

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