More than 3,800 people have died after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal on April 25. Among those killed were three Americans, including Dan Fredinburg, the privacy director of Google X, the team responsible for innovative initiatives like Google Glass and driverless cars.
Fredinburg, along with two other Google employees, was scaling Mount Everest when the earthquake caused an avalanche. According to Fredinburg’s sister, Megan, the Google executive "suffered from a major head injury and didn't make it."
Among those grieving Fredinburg’s death was Max Stossel, who had written Fredinburg a letter to read after reaching the summit. Though it’s unknown if Fredinburg got the chance to read the letter, Stossel posted the note on Facebook.
The letter reads:
“Dan (dan dan dan)
You must be really high up for this written Echo (echo echo echo).
Everyone you know and love is eventually going to die (die die die). When we do, we leave behind our stories. Those stories are told and passed on, impacting the lives of others until they are stories (stories stories stories).
Your story has already greatly impacted mine for the better. With each adventure you return with stories that most people wouldn’t dream of experiencing themselves (selves selves selves).
Thank you for pushing the human race to be greater, more daring, and to truly live life rather than survive it (it it it).
I love you, brother. Please return safely with stories (stories stores).
And even if you don’t… We’ll all be horrified, saddened, and heartbroken that we can’t create new stories with you, but we’ll also know that you’ve already lived the equivalent of at least 100 lifetimes.
You are a f****** champion.
Safe, wonderful + breathtaking journey.
Love, Max Stossel (ossel, ossel, ossel).”
Stossel said Fredinburg was “someone who created fun and mischief out of thin air. Someone who broke up fights by walking into the middle of them and dancing with both fighters. Someone who I think about almost every day, through the lens of ‘What would Dan do?’”