TORONTO — Actress Sophia Bush took to social media late Saturday to express her grief after learning that her friend, ex-boyfriend Dan Fredinburg, was among those who perished in the Nepal earthquake.
An executive at Google, Fredinburg had been scaling Mount Everest for the past three weeks.
“There are no adequate words,” Bush wrote in a message posted on Instagram. “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 former One Tree Hill star, who nows plays Det. Erin Lindsay on Chicago P.D., dated Fredinburg from early January 2013 until February 2014.
Bush described her ex as “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 wrote: “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.”
The 32-year-old actress said she is “devastated” by Fredinburg’s death but “so deeply grateful to have known and loved him, and to have counted him as one of my tribe.”
Fredinburg’s death was announced by Jagged Globe, the UK-based company that organized the Everest expedition. It said two members of Fredinburg’s team suffered non-life threatening injuries.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dan’s family and friends,” read a message on the Jagged Globe website, “whilst we pray too for all those who have lost their lives in one of the greatest tragedies ever to hit this Himalayan nation.”
Bush also paid her respects to the thousands of victims of the earthquake, which hit just before 2:00 a.m. E.T. and triggered avalanches on the iconic mountain.
“Disasters like this are often unquantifiable, the enormity is too much to understand,” she wrote. “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.”
According to Fredinburg’s sister Megan, the 33-year-old died Saturday from a head wound.
“We appreciate all of the love that has been sent our way thus far and know his soul and his spirit will live on in so many of us,” she wrote on her brother’s Instagram. “All our love and thanks to those who shared this life with our favorite hilarious strong willed man. He was and is everything to us. Thank you.”
A Crowdrise campaign has been set-up in Fredinburg’s memory to raise funds to aid Nepal.