A well-known lifestyle blogger in France has been killed by an exploding whipped cream dispenser, her family has said.
Rebecca Burger, 33, died after the pressurised canister exploded, violently hitting her chest.
French media reports that the impact brought on a cardiac arrest and although she received medical attention, she could not be saved.
“It is with great sadness we announce the death of Rebecca who died the June 18th, 2017 in an accident in the home,” her family, including her husband, said in a statement on her Instagram account.
Another post included a photograph of a dispenser, alongside a warning not to use similar devices.
“Here is an example of a whipped cream canister that exploded and struck Rebecca’s chest, resulting in her death,” the post read.
“Do not use this kind of utensil in your home! Tens of thousands of defective devices are still in circulation.”
Police are investigating Ms Burger’s death.
Her 55,000 Facebook friends and 158,000 Instagram followers reacted with disbelief to the news.
One wrote on her Facebook page: “A beautiful woman, full of life. All my condolences to the family.”
“I am horrified by what happened,” said another.
They described her as their “body princess”, “bikini icon” and a “beautiful athlete and coach”, who would be greatly missed.
French fitness website Women’s Best also paid tribute to the blogger: “Rebecca was not only a great fitness figure but a generous and kind person to work with.”
Several similar incidents involving exploding cream dispensers have occurred in France in recent years, but no one has been killed.
France’s National Consumer Institute (INC) issued a warning in 2014 about such gadgets, French newspaper Le Parisien reported.
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