Nepal Earthquake: Santa Monica-based Filmmaker Among the Dead

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News reports say that Tom Taplin was making a documentary about the Mount Everest base camp when the devastating earthquake triggered the avalanche that took his life.

A Denver-born, Santa Monica-based filmmaker was among the three Americans who died in the avalanche that hit Mount Everest on Saturday that was triggered by the devastating Nepal earthquake. 

Documentary filmmaker Tom Taplin, 61, was named as one of the three that included Google exec Dan Fredinburg. Marisa Eve Girawong, a camp doctor with a Seattle-based mountaineering company, was the third American who died in the avalanche.

Taplin had been in Nepal making a documentary about the Mount Everest base camp. NBC News reports that when Taplin's wife Cory Freyer heard about the earthquake that hit Nepal she immediately texted her husband to see if he was OK, but the guides called her back to break the tragic news. 

"It's shocking... All of his friends, and he has so many friends, every one of them is just devastated. Shocked," Freyer told NBC News. 

Freyer added: "It sounds trite, but he died doing what he loved doing."