PARIS, France – French authorities are probing the death of a popular fashion blogger who was killed after a whipped cream dispenser exploded.
Rebecca Burger was a fitness, travel and fashion enthusiast with more than 162,000 followers on Instagram. She was known for posting photos on social media and sharing tips on food and fitness. Burger also competed in beauty competitions across the globe.
The BBC, citing French media, reported that Burger died over the weekend after a whipped cream dispenser exploded and hit her in the chest, causing her to go into cardiac arrest. She was taken to an area hospital and later died.
Burger's family posted a warning about the canisters on Instagram:
"Do not use this kind of utensil in your home! Several tens of thousands of defective devices are still in circulation..."
60 Million Consumers, a French consumer magazine, said faulty connectors on the gas capsules could break, launching a potentially dangerous projectile. The magazine cited several injuries from the issue including broken teeth, multiple fractures and, in one case, the loss of a person’s eye.
According to the report, canisters manufactured after 2015 appear to be safe.
French authorities were investigating the case to find out if a faulty canister was to blame for Burger's untimely death. A French government office has issued a warning about the canisters, with some accidents stretching back to 2010.
At least one manufacturer launched a recall, but only about 25,000 out of 160,000 canisters were returned.