Dan Fredinburg, an engineer who worked on many of Google's projects during his 8 years with the company, died over the weekend in an avalanche on Mount Everest triggered by Nepal's devastating earthquake. The snowslide was triggered by a massive Nepal earthquake that has reportedly claimed the lives of more than 2,500 people in the region.
Dan Fredinburg had worked at Google since 2007 as a product manager, software engineer and the ad giant's head of privacy on its Google X projects.
"Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy," Lawrence You, Google's director of privacy, wrote in a blog post. "Dan Fredinburg, a longtime member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View, was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe, and we are working to get them home quickly."
A self-described "Google adventurer," Fredinburg was also involved with Google's Street View, led several expeditions to Nepal to add imagery of the Khumo region around Mount Everest.
More than 2,400 people are feared dead and 5,900 injured in Nepal as a result of the devastating earthquake. As part of the relief effort, Google said it has launched its traditional "person finder" tool for Nepal to help people find loved ones in the aftermath of the quake and "is working to get updated satellite imagery to aid in the recovery effort." Google says it is committing $1 million to the quake response.