Vigil Held For Heidi Montag's Plastic Surgeon

Death of A-list physician Frank Ryan renews debate over texting-while-driving laws.
Celebrities, family, friends, and former patients gathered on the beach at Malibu to remember the life of Dr. Frank Ryan, the plastic surgeon-to-the-stars who perished earlier this week in a one-vehicle accident authorities suspect may have been caused by texting.

Among the notables who turned out for the remembrance were Gary Busey, Janice Dickinson, Harry Hamlin, and Melissa Rivers. "He didn't care who you were or where you were in your career—he was kind," said Rivers, daughter of television icon Joan Rivers, according to The New York Post.

Ryan, whose patients included reality TV's Heidi Montag, actor Lorenzo Lamas, and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil, was killed Monday when his jeep rolled over an embankment off Malibu's Pacific Coast Highway outside of Los Angeles. His death has renewed the debate over texting-while-driving regulations.

Texting while operating a motor vehicle is illegal in California, but such a law is not yet on the books in a number of other jurisdictions. Arizona, Hawaii, Florida, Idaho, and Indiana are among the roughly 20 states that have not banned texting while driving for all drivers, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Reports indicate Ryan, 50, had just finished a hike around the Malibu dunes before the accident and was sending a text about his day when his vehicle left the road.

"After 25 years of driving by, I finally hiked to the top of the giant sand dune on PCH west of Malibu. Much harder than it looks. Whew!" Ryan wrote. His dog, which survived the accident, was also on the hike. "Border collie Jill surveying the view from atop the sand dune," said Ryan's text.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the crash.

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