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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Lifestyle: French Instagram fitness star killed by exploding whipped cream canister

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Rebecca Burger had 160,000 Instagram followers.

Rebecca Burger, a French fitness blogger, has died after a whipped cream dispenser exploded in her chest.

Burger, who had 160,000 Instagram followers and more than 55,000 Facebook fans, passed away at the weekend.

Citing local reports in France, the BBC reported that she died of cardiac arrest after the accident, despite being attended to by medics.

Her family announced her death on Facebook, calling it a "domestic accident." A warning about the faulty dispensers has also been posted on her Instagram. It said the canister "exploded and struck Rebecca's chest, causing her death".

The dispensers shoot gas into a metal capsule, which keeps the pressure high. The BBC said a French consumer group has warned readers for years about faulty connectors on the gas capsules, causing them to break and expel at high speed.

The number of accidents from such dispensers even prompted the government office for consumers to issue a warning, saying the accidents stretch back as far as 2010, and can occur at any time - even after years of use, it said.

Below is the warning posted on Burger's Instagram account.

Burger's family announced the death on Facebook.

Burger had 160,000 followers on Instagram, where she shared glamorous photos of her life.

She also had a YouTube channel. Her first and only video was posted on 10 June and captured a trip to Bali.



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