A French fitness model and lifestyle blogger died after a pressurized whipped cream dispenser reportedly exploded, hitting her in the chest and causing cardiac arrest, according to media reports and French newspaper 20 Minutes.
Rebecca Burger suffered the injury while using a whipped cream canister that had previously been withdrawn from the market in 2013, according to USA Today.
Burger’s family confirmed her death in a social media post on Instagram, posting: “It is with great sadness we announce the death of Rebecca, who died the June 18th, 2017 in an accident [at] home.”
The family also posted a photo of the dispenser and warned about using them, writing (translated from French): “Here’s an example of the cartridge/siphon from Chantilly that exploded and struck Rebecca’s chest, killing her. Take note: The cartridge that caused her death was sealed. Do not use this type of device in your home! Tens of thousands of these appliances are still in circulation.”
Voici un exemple de siphon à chantilly qui a explosé et percuté le thorax de Rebecca, entraînant son décès. Précision : le siphon qui a engendré sa mort quant à lui été mis sous scellé. N'utilisez pas ce genre d'ustensile chez vous ! Plusieurs dizaines de milliers d'appareils défectueux sont encore en circulation.
The consumer magazine 60 Millions previously reported that two people in 2014 were injured by the dispensers, while the Washington Post reported on a 2014 news release by the French economy ministry, which advised people about the dangers of using the canisters: “Since 2010, several models of kitchen syphons, also called cream syphons, have turned out to be dangerous and led to home accidents,” the release said.
The 33-year-old had 173,000 followers on Instagram, where she posted photos and tips on fitness, lifestyle, travel, and food. Burger also wrote on her lifestyle blog, Rebeccas Likes, about traveling, food, and her experiences on the road.
Burger’s death is being investigated by French officials, according to the Washington Post.