In 2013, Brangman posted several pics to Instagram of her cuddled up to the actor, referring to him in several captions as her "partner in crime," "my love" and "my better half." Among the photos shared by the model and gymnastics coach are of her and Eastwood in Hawaii, at a sporting event, on a road trip and hanging out at Christmas and New Year's Eve.
On Sept. 7, 2014, while driving from San Diego to Los Angeles, California, Brangman was killed after she rear-ended a van while driving a 2001 Honda Civic, according to the accident report obtained by ET. Her father filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the car manufacturer and the rental company, claiming the vehicle had faulty airbags, the Associated Press reported.
According to AP, it was determined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Honda that Brangman died after her airbag, manufactured by Takata Corp. of Japan, inflated with too much force, dispelling metal shrapnel.
As of April, AP reports that a total of 11 deaths have been reported due to Takata's exploding airbag, with Brangman being the eighth. This has led to the recall of 24 million vehicles in the U.S. alone, the largest automotive recall in the nation's history.
"I dated a girl a couple of years ago who died in a car accident," he recalled. "The f**ked up thing is, it was a fender bender, and there was a recall on airbags. Her airbag exploded. It shot a projectile through her body. It split her spine, and um... I’ve never told anybody that."
"I’ve lost friends before; I’ve lost some great friends. But, I had never lost someone I had been really intimate with, you know, like in that way, in a relationship," Eastwood continued. "I think that really affected me in a way that... I don’t know. Maybe it’s made it harder for me to date."