Rebecca Burger, a 32-year-old fitness blogger with a huge presence on social media, has died from cardiac arrest after being struck by an exploding whipped cream dispenser, her family has said.
Burger's family confirmed the French social media influencer's death on her Instagram on Wednesday, warning her followers that "tens of thousands" of the "defective devices" are still in circulation.
The fitness model was rushed to hospital last Saturday and died on Sunday. French prosecutors told BuzzFeed News they are still determining the exact circumstances of her death.
While police would not confirm that a whipped cream dispenser was responsible for Burger's death, her family seemed to believe that it was, citing the kitchen utensil in a post on her Instagram.
"Here is an example of a cream dispenser which exploded and struck Rebecca's thorax, resulting in her death," read the post.
"Do not use this kind of utensil in your home. Tens of thousands of defective devices are still in circulation."
Burger was a competitive fitness model, placing in the top 10 at 2015's Arnold Classic Amateur in the United States, and winning the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness' French National Championship Bikini event in 2014.
More than 55,000 people have liked Burger's Facebook page and the French fitness fanatic has more than 150,000 followers on Instagram.
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