Rebecca Burger, a widely popular French fitness blogger, died over the weekend after a whipped cream dispenser exploded into her chest. Citing local reports in France, the BBC reported that she died of cardiac arrest after the accident, despite being attended to by medics.
Her family announced her death on Facebook, calling it a "domestic accident." A warning about what her family described as a faulty dispenser involved in her death has also been posted on her Instagram. The message said the canister "exploded and struck Rebecca's chest, causing her death."
The canisters shoot gas into a metal capsule to maintain their pressure. A French consumer group had warned readers for years about faulty connectors that could break and permit the gas capsules to be ejected at high speed, the BBC reported, adding that faulty canisters were involved in enough accidents that the French government issued a warning and said the accidents stretched back as far as 2010.
Cardiac arrest is more common than you think
It is unclear precisely how the canister explosion triggered Burger's cardiac arrest, but the condition is more common than you might think.
In the US, some 325,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest each year, when the heart stops suddenly as the result of a malfunction. A surprising number of people who suffer from cardiac arrest are in good health with no prior indications of heart disease, though the exact figure remains hotly debated.
About 90% of them die.
Cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack, which involves a blocked artery that causes the heart to stop. It also affects a different set of people — middle-aged men and women, a surprising number of whom exercise regularly and eat right. You can think of a heart attack as a "plumbing problem," according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, while you can think of sudden cardiac arrest as an "electrical problem."