According to TMZ, Ryan’s Jeep steered off the Pacific Coast Highway and landed on the rocks below. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Even more sad, PEOPLE magazine is reporting today that Ryan, 50, was texting right before crash. His ex-girlfriend, Charmaine Blake, tells PEOPLE he was sending a Twitter message about his border collie right before the fatal car accident.
“He lived up in Malibu on a tiny street and he was texting while driving and he accidentally went over the cliff,” says Charmaine, also confirming to PEOPLE that investigators told Ryan’s family his Tweeting caused the accident.
As for Heidi, the Hills star had the following to say upon hearing the news of Ryan’s passing. “I am devastated to hear the news of Dr. Frank Ryan’s death,” she wrote on her Twitter. “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.”
RIP to Dr. Ryan, and let’s keep our fingers crossed that Speidi won’t exploit this to get publicity for themselves.