French Instagram model, Rebecca Burger (33), died after a canister of whipped cream exploded and hit her in the chest.
To her adoring fans
Her family went on the share two posts on her death via her Instagram account which has more than 165,000 followers. Along with a picture of a pressurized can similar to the one that killed her, they wrote the caption:
“Here’s an example of the whip cream canister that exploded and struck Rebecca’s chest, resulting in her death. Let us be precise: the siphon that cause her death was sealed. Do not use this type of device in your home! Tens of thousands of these defective appliances are still in circulation.”
In the post confirming her death, her family wrote:
“It is with great sadness we announce the death of Rebecca who died the June 18th, 2017 in an accident in the home. The grieving family.”
Investigations have been opened into the death of the French model. They’re checking to find out if the siphon used to create the cream dispenser was faulty. Highly pressurized cans have gas injected into them in order to allow the cream to come out.
Eastern France authorities have reported Rebecca fell into cardiac arrest after being struck in the chest. Apparently first responders were able to revive her before getting her onto the ambulance. She died the next day in the hospital.
A clear warning
The manufacturer, Ard’time, informed press that the product was recalled and destroyed in 2013 after a similar accident. They had made sure they to inform customers of the recall.
“Unfortunately, there are still lots of siphons of all brands that remain potentially dangerous as time passes,” the company said.
In 2014, the French economy ministry warned people of the dangers of highly pressurized canisters.
“Since 2010, several models of kitchen syphons, also called cream syphons, have turned out to be dangerous and have led to domestic accidents. The explosions cause a high-speed burst that can cause serious injuries to the hands or face.”
A survivor who was injured by a canister in 2013 described to RTL radio the extent of the damage done, “I had six broken ribs, and my sternum was broken. At the hospital, I was told that if the shock and blast had been facing the heart, I would be dead now.”
Rebecca’s life was documented on social media and was quite an online celebrity. Her only travel video, her trip to Bali, was posted on June 10.