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Sophia Bush 'Devastated' by Death of Ex Dan Fredinburg in Nepal Earthquake

by Jackie Willis 12:46 PM PDT, April 27, 2015
Playing Sophia Bush 'Devastated' by Death of Ex Dan Fredinburg in Nepal Earthquake

The destructive earthquake in Nepal affected Sophia Bush personally when it was learned that her former boyfriend, 33-year-old Google executive Dan Fredinburg, was killed on Mt. Everest in an avalanche.

Upon hearing the devastating news, the 32-year-old actress shared her heartbreak with her 1.5 million Instagram followers on Saturday. "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," Bush wrote. "Today I, and so many of my loved ones, lost an incredible friend. Dan Fredinburg was one-of-a-kind. Fearless. Funny."

There are no adequate words. 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. Today I, and so many of my loved ones, lost an incredible friend. Dan Fredinburg was one-of-a-kind. Fearless. Funny. A dancing robot who liked to ride dinosaurs and chase the sun and envision a better future for the world. His brain knew how to build it. His heart was constantly evolving to push himself to make it so. He was one of my favorite human beings on Earth. He was one of the great loves of my life. He was one of my truest friends. He was an incredible brother, a brilliant engineer, and a damn good man. I'm devastated and simultaneously so deeply grateful to have known and loved him, and to have counted him as one of my tribe. I was so looking forward to our planned download of "all the things" when he got home. I am crushed that I will never hear that story. I am crushed knowing that there are over 1,000 people in Nepal suffering this exact feeling, knowing that they too will never hear another tale about an adventure lived from someone that they love. Disasters like this are often unquantifiable, the enormity is too much to understand. Please remember that each person who is now gone was someone's Dan. Please remember that our time on this Earth is not guaranteed. Please tell those you love that you do. Right now. This very minute. And please send a kiss to the sky for my friend Dan. His energy is so big and so bright, and it's all around us, so put some love toward him today. And then hug your loved ones again. #goodbyesweetfriend #savetheice #Nepal #AdventureswithDAN

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The Chicago P.D. star dated Fredinburg from 2013 to 2014, and refers to him in her post as "one of the great loves of my life."

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"He was one of my truest friends," she continued in the same message. "I'm devastated and simultaneously so deeply grateful to have known and loved him, and to have counted him as one of my tribe."

Bush-- who attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday -- then encouraged her followers to not take their loved ones for granted. "Please tell those you love that you do. Right now. This very minute," she wrote. "And please send a kiss to the sky for my friend Dan. His energy is so big and so bright, and it's all around us, so put some love toward him today. And then hug your loved ones again."

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Bush isn't the only person to have lost someone in the Nepal earthquake. The death toll has exceeded 2,500 and the actress is asking people to donate to Fredinburg's Crowdrise fundraising site in an effort to help those affected by the natural disaster.

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"Our friend Dan Fredinburg was climbing Everest on behalf of OrphanGift in support of two Nepali orphanages when the earthquake struck," the site reads. "Please donate to honor his memory and carry on his mission. All funds will help OrphanGift provide urgent aid for the children effected by the disaster and restoring structural damage."

As of Monday morning, $27,118 had been raised in Fredinburg's memory.

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