Kathmandu – A Google Inc executive based in California, Dan Fredinburg, was among those killed on Saturday in an avalanche on Mount Everest caused by a devastating earthquake in Nepal, the company said.

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Google executive Dan Fredinburg died in an avalanche earthquake at the Mount Everest base camp. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File

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Fredinburg was climbing the world’s tallest peak with three other Google employees when the avalanche struck.

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None of his colleagues were injured, Lawrence You, a company official, said.

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Fredinburg, a Google veteran, was head of privacy at Google X, a research division at the company.

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Fredinburg suffered a major head injury during the avalanche, his sister Megan said on social media.

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“His soul and his spirit will live on in so many of us,” she said.

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Fredinburg, an experienced climber, was making his ascent up Everest with Jagged Globe, a company that organises mountain treks.

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In confirming Fredinburg’s death, the company said two other team members suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the avalanche that struck its base camp.

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Reuters