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L.A. Chase Ends in Death

2/10/2009 2:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A wild chase on the L.A. freeways that lasted for hours last night ended with the driver shooting himself -- and during much of the drama, the media believed -- falsely -- Chris Brown may have been at the wheel.

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It began at around 8:00 PM. A man driving a Bentley was engaged in a slow speed chase with cops. The way the story went -- police say the man was suspected of assault with a deadly weapon on his girlfriend and was supposed to rendezvous with a woman near the freeway. Word spread it may have been Chris Brown. As usual, the media danced around it dropping hints but never said it -- though they kinda did.

In the end, the driver stopped, there was as standoff and he shot himself in the head. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

We've learned the car had a Chicago registration. The owner had the Bentley and other high-end cars, including Porsches and Jaguars. We're not reporting the name yet.

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Snerkles    

So, it was a wannabe celebrity? I kept thinking it was a stolen car, and that the woman who approached the car, toward the end, was simply a "working girl." What a shame, to get that nice car all bloody, and brain-matter-stained:(

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EZ29PH    

Nice !! One less terrorist alive in America

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18.

jjj    

It should have been Chris Brown who was in the car...

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19.

Snerkles    

But you will notice, Carriss, that we all came here, to get the scoop, because we knew that TMZ would have it, before anyone;)

2045 days ago
20.

Hippo    

The network news is reporting that this man was NOT a celebrity; I don't know why TMZ is being so coy.

2045 days ago
21.

lilfurbal    

Very, very sad whoever it was. Alot of us are sitting here trying to figure out how to weather the reccession and this person drives a $140,000 car around for hours tormented by the devil to the point where he kills himself! You all better pay attention to what's going on around you. Jesus died for you so that you wouldn't have to carry your own burdens and could have an everlasting life with him. Let's stop depending on material things and the short lived love from this world. You can try to clown what I'm saying, but in your quiet time, think about it!

2045 days ago
22.

shirleyfeeney    

Wait, you've reported every single detail of the Chris Brown saga, but NOW you're not releasing a name? When did you get some morals, TMZ?!

btw...I KNOW it's not Chris Brown, and EVERY station in Los Angeles SAID THAT it wasn't him.

2045 days ago
23.

ya right    

weird.......DJ Kahled posts on myspace blog that it wasn't him in the chase------BUT, the blog is dated Jan. 24th, WTF?

2045 days ago
24.

jason    

WAS NOT DJ KHALED

it was your Pakastani frined Mustafa Mustafa The Times reports Mustafa was a business man of Pakistani origin who was distraught over the loss of his business.. where was Homeland Security when we needed them..

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Cops-Chase-Bentley-Through-LA.html

2045 days ago
25.

MQuinn    

Wow, now you're trying to blame TMZ for being coy? Yet where was the first place you checked? I guess no one understands that the family has to be notified first as it should be, after all would you want to find out that your loved one shot him/herself on national TV? Lets respect the family members who have lost a loved one! Move on with your lives, and be happy that no one else was injured ( an officer! Or instant person)!

2045 days ago
26.

TMZ Staff Are All Deuche Bags!!!    

WTF???

Why the hell did this guy do this to himself!!
So if your bizz is not doing good oh well!!
Welcome to America we are going through tough times like anyone else deal with it and change your lifestyle for a second its not going to humiliate you but make you stronger as an American going through crisis.


2045 days ago
27.

lena    

those lame tv anchors should really be repremanded for their behavior. they went completely overboard implying that it was chris brown. we wont say.wink..wink..but well, we'll imply. I'd fire the whole lot for their coverage, making eric spilman on ktla an example of anchors who suck.....

2045 days ago
28.

Melissa    

Thank you TMZ for posting something about the chase. Regardless if it was a celebrity or not, it was nice to know that I could turn to TMZ to find out what was happening as the new coverage wasn't very helpful.
It is to bad the guy shot himself in the head and died. If he survived that would have been better so he could be held accountable for his actions.

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29.

MC    

Dj khaled is dead!!! omg....

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30.

A Friend    

Please, everyone stop making vicious comments. My family knew him personally. He was a very kind person. Everyone has problems and unfortuately his happened to be broadcast on TV. Please have some respect for his family. My heart and condolences go out to them. May you rest in peace always. We will miss you greatly.

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