Thursday 22 March 2018

Fitness blogger killed by exploding whipped cream dispenser

Popular fitness blogger Rebecca Burger died in a freak domestic accident. Photo: Instagram
Popular fitness blogger Rebecca Burger died in a freak domestic accident. Photo: Instagram Newsdesk Newsdesk

A French fitness and lifestyle blogger has been killed by an exploding whipped cream dispenser.

Rebecca Burger, (33), reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest after the gadget exploded and struck her chest, according to French media.

Her family have described the incident as a "domestic accident" on Facebook.

A warning against the faulty dispensers was posted to her Instagram account, saying it had "exploded and struck Rebecca's chest, causing her death".

Whipped cream dispensers operate by injecting gas into a metal canister to pressurise the contents, but one French consumer group warned against them for years.

Ms Burger was popular on social media, with a combined following of 200,000 fans through Instagram and Facebook, where she regularly posted photos of her fitness and travel diaries.

Women’s Best, a fitness store promoted by Burger, paid tribute to her in an Instagram post saying: "We are sorry to announce the sad news of losing this beautiful soul. Our French athlete Rebecca Burger passed away.

"Rebecca was not only a great fitness figure but a generous and kind person to work with. Please pray for her soul to rest in peace and for her family to stay strong. 

"We will always be proud of you, Rebecca."

According to the BBC, one victim of an exploding cream dispenser told RTL radio in 2013: "I had six broken ribs, and my sternum was broken.

"At the hospital, I was told that if the shock and blast had been facing the heart, I would be dead now."

A photograph of a cream dispenser was posted to her Instagram account, alongside the message: "Here is an example of a siphon that exploded and crashed into Rebecca’s chest, causing her death.

"The siphon which caused her death was sealed. Don’t use this product in your homes! Tens of thousands of the faulty devices are already in circulation."

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