French fitness blogger Rebecca Burger is killed by whipped cream dispenser

Rebecca Burger, who had a large following on the social media site, killed in France

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 June, 2017, 1:45pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 June, 2017, 10:10pm

An Instagram star and well-known fitness blogger has died in a freak accident after a pressurised canister used for dispensing whipped cream exploded, hitting her in the chest, her family has said.

Rebecca Burger, who had a large following on the social media site, where she posted regular pictures of herself promoting fitness products, was killed in eastern France in what the family said was a domestic incident.

“It is with great sadness we announce the death of Rebecca who died the June 18th, 2017 in an accident in the home,” read a statement on Burger’s Instagram account, signed “The grieving family”.

Another post included a photograph of a dispenser, which has a small pressurised canister, alongside a warning not to use similar devices.

“Here is an example of a whipped cream canister that exploded and struck Rebecca’s chest, resulting in her death,” the post read.

“Do not use this kind of utensil in your home! Tens of thousands of defective devices are still in circulation.”

A police source confirmed the death. Officers have opened an investigation.

Her death comes after two similar accidents in France in 2014. Neither resulted in death.

France’s National Consumer Institute (INC) had already issued a warning over the same type of canister, used by the Ard’Time brand, saying the plastic lid may not be able to withstand pressure from compressed carbon dioxide inside.