Sophia Bush Writes a Heartbreaking Tribute to Her Ex, One of the Thousands Who Died in the Nepal Earthquake

"Pieces of my heart that have broken into such tiny shards, I'll likely never find them all."

Sophia Bush and Dan Fredinburg.
(Image credit: Getty Images)

The Nepal earthquake, which hit at a massive 7.8 on the Richter scale, has leveled much of the country and has a death toll that keeps rising as the hours pass—now, 3,700 people are believed to be dead, according to reports (opens in new tab).

Among them is Dan Fredinburg, the ex-boyfriend of actress Sophia Bush. Upon learning the news, she posted a moving tribute (opens in new tab) to the Google exec, who was on a hike up Mt. Everest to raise money for two Nepali orphanages.

"Today I find myself attempting to pick up the pieces of my heart that have broken into such tiny shards, I'll likely never find them all," she wrote (opens in new tab). "Today I, and so many of my loved ones, lost an incredible friend. Dan Fredinburg was one-of-a-kind. He was one of my favorite human beings on Earth. He was one of the great loves of my life. He was one of my truest friends. He was an incredible brother, a brilliant engineer, and a damn good man. I'm devastated and simultaneously so deeply grateful to have known and loved him, and to have counted him as one of my tribe."

A post shared by Sophia Bush (@sophiabush) (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by on

The actress has urged her followers to visit Fredinburg's Crowdrise fundraising site (opens in new tab) to help those affected by the natural disaster. So far, more than $28,000 has been donated to the cause.

Our hearts are with the people of Nepal, and all those affected by the disaster.

You should also check out:

Sophia Bush's Beauty Hacks Will Blow Your Mind, Save the World (opens in new tab)

The 10 Best Charities Out There (opens in new tab)

15 Fashion Designers Who Give Back (opens in new tab)

Samantha Leal
Senior Editor

Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor at Well+Good, where she spends most of her day thinking of new ideas across platforms, bringing on new writers, overseeing the day-to-day of the website, and working with the awesome team to produce the best stories and packages. Before W+G, she was the Senior Web Editor for Marie Claire and the Deputy Editor for Latina.com, with bylines all over the internet. Graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a minor in African history, she’s written everything from travel guides to political op-eds to wine explainers (currently enrolled in the WSET program) to celebrity profiles. Find her online pretty much everywhere @samanthajoleal.