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Funny Car Crash No Laughing Matter

6/22/2008 9:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There's got to be a better name for these jacked-up roadsters than Funny Car.
Scott Kalitta
Scott Kalitta, 46, died Saturday after his Funny Car burst into flames while going 300 MPH and then smashed into a barrier at a New Jersey raceway. The two-time Top Fuel champion was pronounced dead at hospital a short time later.

Kalitta is survived by his father, his wife, Kathy, and two sons, Corey, 14, and Colin, 8.

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Keith    

Tasteless, TMZ. Totally Tasteless.

2231 days ago
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StarrStruck    

That wasn't very nice of you.

2231 days ago
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Lenn K.    

Absolutely terrible, thoughts and prayers to his family.

2231 days ago
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jk    

I agree. The headline itself is disgusting. Shame on you TMZ.

2231 days ago
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anonymous    

I knew that TMZ was crass and tasteless at times, but I never imagined that they would be so insensitive and callous as to post something like this. What happened is tragic and to m,ake a joke out of it is inappropriate.

2231 days ago
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Kelli    

Very sad, this sport has serious risks...my condloences.

2231 days ago
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Ya Think    

What the hell is wrong with you people? Don't you have any respect? Oh...wait...

2231 days ago
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manda    

Seriously...you guys are sick. Take a lesson from your comment instructions..."inappropriate or purely promotional comments may be removed."

And just because you take it off of the title and put it in the contents doesn't make it any less sleazy.

My prayers are with his family....

2231 days ago
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you idiots    

Didn't you idiots learn from the last time you made that rude comment about some stars mom being deader than someones career? What the hell is wrong with you people? Hope it never happens to YOUR family, so we can all make some stupid attention whoring remark at thecost of someones pain. How do you sleep at night? Morons!

2231 days ago
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get your facts straight tmz    

TMZ do you just like to "shock and awe" or are you that frickin dumb?

HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR ONCE.

As someone in the NHRA racing world, I demand you change that title. That is absolutely disgusting and you guys should not have jobs writing that crap.

Tasteless, TMZ. PATHETIC.

2231 days ago
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saint    

The headline is so disrespectful to his family. TMZ staff are a bunch of f'n idiots.

2231 days ago
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perky    

TMZ, Can you please remove the line that says "This is what death at 300 miles per hour looks like"? It's obvious you were trying to get a reaction from your readers, and it worked, so can you do the right thing and take it down now?

2231 days ago
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get your facts straight tmz    

CHANGE THE TITLE.

This isn't the first time TMZ has written disgusting things after good people have passed away.

There is no need for this garbage.

CHANGE IT.

2231 days ago
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.:Loki 4Ever:.    

OMG I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE SOME JOKE, THEN I READ IT MORE AND REALIZED HE HAD PASSED AWAY... TMZ YOU TRULY ARE TASTELESS.....

2231 days ago
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PamMatt    

TMZ you are gross. Does it make you feel good to show this tragedy? Sick, Sick, Sick! If somebody at TMZ lost a family member or a close friend, to a tragic accident, would they want it on the internet? TMZ has no class, with this story or any other.

My thoughts and prayers are with Scott's family and friends.

2231 days ago
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