French fitness model Rebecca Burger died last Sunday in her home of a reported heart attack after a whipped cream canister exploded and struck her in the chest, as reported by USA Today. French authorities are reportedly still investigating the tragedy. The news was announced on her Instagram after her family used the account to explain what happened.
Burger, a popular social media fitness model based in France with over 150 thousand Instagram followers, was 33 years old when she died. Authorities are currently investigating whether the cause of the canister explosion was a faulty siphon on the product.
Both officials and the company that makes the canister, Ard’time, said that the product was withdrawn from the market in 2013 after incidents indicating faulty siphons were reported. According to the article, this was the first reported death associated with the product fault.
“Unfortunately, there are still lots of siphons of all brands that remain potentially dangerous as time passes,” said a representative of the company.
The magazine 60 Million Consumers reported that incidents such as these have been occurring since at least 2010, saying they have reported 60 accidents related to high-pressure canisters like the one that led to Burger’s death.
Deputy editor of the magazine Benjamin Douiez told USA Today via telephone that, “It is, to our knowledge, the first time there has been a death from such an explosion. … We knew it would happen one day.”