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Google executive among dead in Nepal earthquake

Mountain View company commits $1 million to relief efforts

A Google employee was among the hundreds who died as a result of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal Saturday.

Dan Fredinburg, who headed privacy for GoogleX, was in Nepal with three other Google employees hiking Mount Everest when the earthquake hit, Google Privacy Director Lawrence You said in a statement.

An avalanche struck the base camp during the earthquake and its aftershocks, resulting in injuries for two others climbing Everest with Fredinburg, according to the mountaineering company, Jagged Globe.

Fredinburg's family posted the news of his death on his Instagram account.

"This is Dan's little sister Megan. I regret to inform all who loved him that during the avalanche on Everest early this morning our Dan suffered from a major head injury and didn't make it," his sister wrote.

"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. 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. Thank you."

The three other Google employees who were with Fredinburg at the time are safe, and You said the company is working to get them home quickly.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal, and with Dan's family and friends during this terrible time," You said.

The earthquake struck Nepal around noon local time, with the epicenter in the Lamjung district of Nepal, according to officials at the United Nations.

The government of Nepal is reporting 700 to 1,000 people dead, though the death toll is expected to increase, according to a United Nations report.

Google is committing $1 million to the response, You said.

— Bay City News Service

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