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Dr. Frank Ryan's dog survives deadly car crash; Heidi Montag's plastic surgeon was texting while driving, report says

08/17/2010 by Corinne Heller

Dr. Frank Ryan Tweeted this photo of his border collie Jill before he died in a car crash on August 16. Dr. Frank Ryan, the plastic surgeon who performed 10 procedures on The Hills star Heidi Montag, was texting with his cell phone just before he died in a car crash, while his dog, a border collie named Jill, was injured in the accident but survived, People magazine said.

"After 25 years of driving by, I finally hiked to the top of the giant sand dune on the pch west of malibu. Much harder than it looks! Whew!," Ryan Tweeted minutes before the Monday crash, adding along with a photo: "Border collie jill surveying the view from atop the sand dune."

Dr. Frank Ryan appears on 'The Bonnie Hunt Show' in February 2010 / Heidi Montag appears on 'The Hills' after her 10 cosmetic surgery procesures (Photo credit: Warner Bros. / Viacom)

The dog suffered injuries to the head, eye and paw, People said. The California Highway Patrol has confirmed Ryan was texting before the crash but are still investigating the cause of the crash.

"He was the most amazing person I have ever known," Montag wrote on her Twitter page. "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."

"Dr. Ryan never drank, never smoked, he's never done drugs. This was something everyone knows about him. He was always on call 24/7," she added.

The season premiere of The Hills, which recently ended after six seasons, saw Montag showcasing her new face and body, as constructed by Ryan, which included larger breast implants, a nose job, botox treatments and liposuction.

"I think to a large extent, it was a very calculated business move because she identified a niche that she wanted to fill and people ask me, 'Do you think she needed it?' I said, no one needs plastic surgery at all," Ryan said on The Bonnie Hunt Show earlier this year. "She didn't need it - she desired it. She wanted to have this more glamorous, exotic look."

He said that he thought Montag wanted breasts that were "way too large", adding: "I told Heidi on multiple occasions - that clearly is the biggest we can go."

Ryan has also performed plastic surgery on celebrities such as reality star and supermodel Janice Dickson, Gene Simmons of KISS and actor Lorenzo Lamas.

Montag recently filed for divorce from Spencer Pratt, who had she met on the set of The Hills.

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