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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Google executive, Dan Fredinburg, was killed while at base camp on Mount Everest, after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal. 

Dan's parents, who live in Carlsbad, spoke exclusively to CBS News 8 off camera, and they described their son as the most interesting man in the world.

A look at Dan's Instagram page gives sense of who he was. He was funny, adventurous and one of a kind.

For the past few weeks, the 33-year-old Google executive had been documenting his travels through Nepal and Mount Everest, posting pictures of the landscape and the people he met along the way.

The last Instagram picture he posted, showed him ice training. He captioned the picture by saying, "Ice training with @micbattelli means frequent stops for morning cappuccino, regardless of danger." 

https://twitter.com/danfredinburg/status/591643577710698496

According to his parents, Dan had been working with a Google team at Mount Everest on an imaging project when he was killed by an avalanche.

He was one of at least ten climbers and guides who died at base camp.

Only hours after learning about the tragedy, Dan's younger sister took to his Instagram page and wrote:

"This is Dans little sister Megan. I regret to inform all who loved him that during the avalanche on Everest early this morning our Dan suffered from a major head injury and didn't make it. 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. 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."

https://twitter.com/danfredinburg/status/592032253473136640

His parents echoed those words when they spoke to CBS News 8. They said their son had a worldwide network of friends, was handsome, charismatic, and believed he could help change the world for the better at Google.

Dan's parents gave CBS News 8 a picture of him with his father Paul. Paul said his son's brilliance is a loss to the world.

"We will all miss him until our last day," he said.

This was Fredinburg's second trip to Mount Everest, and coincidentally, he was there last year, when an avalanche hit and killed 16 Sherpas. 

https://twitter.com/danfredinburg/status/590987888675987456

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