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Whipped cream dispenser explodes, kills popular fitness blogger

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Posted at 7:59 PM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 08:39:55-04

Popular French fitness blogger Rebecca Burger died on Sunday after an apparent whipped cream can explosion, which apparently struck Burger in the chest, her family said on Instagram. 

Burger, 33, died of cardiac arrest, multiple French news outlets reported. 

Burger's family posted on the late blogger's Instagram page to warn others about the defective device. 

"Do not use this kind of utensil in your home," Burger's family said. "Tens of thousands of defective devices are still in use."

The device uses a pressurized gas canister to make and dispense whipped cream. Whipped cream dispensers are most commonly used in coffee shops and ice cream parlors but can be purchased by anyone from cookware stores.

A French consumer group has been warning about such devices for years. According to a 2014 Le Parisien newspaper report, injuries suffered from the devices include a broken thorax and the loss of an eye.

The brand and model of the whipped cream dispenser that killed Burger has not been disclosed.

The BBC added that the French government had ordered a recall on 160,000 devices, but only had 25,000 devices returned. 

Burger participated in worldwide fitness competitions, most recently placing eighth in the Arnold Classic held in Columbus, Ohio. 

Justin Boggs is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @jjboggs or on Facebook.