Rebecca Burger, a popular fitness and travel blogger in France, died on Sunday, the day after a whipped cream dispenser exploded and hit her.
French media reported the exploding container hit her thorax, causing cardiac arrest.
Her family announced her death on Facebook, where she has more than 57,000 followers.
“It is with great sadness we announce the death of Rebecca who died the June 18th, 2017 in an accident in the home,” reads the post, signed “family, relatives and grieving husband.”
French authorities investigating Burger’s death said she was using a whipped cream canister that was taken off the market in 2013, USA Today reported.
Authorities in Mulhouse, a town in eastern France, are reportedly investigating whether the accident was caused by a faulty container.
French media reported that Burger suffered cardiac arrest in her home in Galfingue on Saturday and died the next day in the hospital.
A family member posted a photo of one of the dispensers, in pieces, along with a warning, to Burger’s Instagram account, which has attracted new followers since her death and now stands at nearly 170,000 people.
The post reads: “Take note: the cartridge that caused her death was sealed. Do not use this type of device in your home! Tens of thousands of these appliances are still in circulation.”
The dispensers are highly pressurized and work by injecting nitrous oxide into the metal container. The BBC reports that one French consumer group has warned for years that faulty connectors on the gas capsules can cause the plastic heads of the canisters to break and fly off at high speed.
“This accident is all the more unacceptable since the dangerousness of some of these siphons – widely used utensils, popularized especially by the reality TV shows – has been known for years,” French consumer magazine 60 Millions de Consommateurs wrote this week after Burger’s death.
The magazine said it had warned consumers about the canisters for years after receiving about 60 reports of explosions that have caused injuries ranging from broken teeth and tinnitus to multiple face fractures. One person reported losing an eye.
The magazine noted that one woman reported an exploding container “struck me at the heart” three months ago. “I stayed for five in semi-coma and underwent two operations in two days, “ the woman told the magazine.
The magazine reported that about 15 brands put defective products on the market between 2009 and 2013, but that containers made after 2015 appear to be safe, the magazine wrote this week.
According to the Guardian, the company that made the dispenser used by Burger, Ard’Time, told French media it regrets the accident, “even though at this stage a link between the accident and our label has not been established.”