Sophia Bush Remembers Google Exec Killed in Mt. Everest Avalanche: ‘One of the Great Loves of My Life’

“Chicago PD” actress previously dated Dan Fredinburg, who died in the earthquake-triggered disaster

Last Updated: April 26, 2015 @ 11:53 AM

“Chicago PD” actress Sophia Bush has written a touching tribute to Google executive Dan Fredinburg, who was among 18 people killed Saturday in an avalanche on Mount Everest.

Fredinburg was the first American confirmed dead in the avalanche, which was triggered by a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal. As of Sunday morning, the quake had claimed at least 2,500 lives and left countless others injured, according to the Associated Press.

Bush posted a heartfelt message about Fredinburg, a former boyfriend, on her Instagram page Saturday after learning of his death.

“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,” the actress wrote.

Caption:WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: Sophia Bush attends the 101st Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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“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,” she continued.

“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.”

Despite losing her good friend, Bush put on a brave face and attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night in Washington, D.C.

Below is Bush’s tribute to Fredinburg in its entirety:

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

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