Dr. Frank Ryan, 50, a plastic surgeon who worked on celebrities including television star Heidi Montag, died on Monday after his 1995 Jeep Wrangler went off the side of the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu, reports the Associated Press.
Just before the car accident, he was sending a Twitter message about his dog, People.com reports, citing Ryan’s ex-girlfriend.
"He lived up in Malibu on a tiny street and he was texting while driving and he accidentally went over the cliff," his ex-girlfriend, celebrity publicist Charmaine Blake, says.
Ryan was indeed texting before the crash, confirmed the California Highway Patrol.
The cause of the accident hasn’t yet been determined, the story says. Ryan’s dog, Jill, was in the car during the crash and survived the accident, the article adds.