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Justin Bieber

Photog Killed

After Chasing Bieber's Ferrari

1/2/2013 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

7:30AM PST:
Justin released a statement, saying ... "Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves."

8:40PM PST
Justin Bieber was not in the Ferrari ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ.  We're told one of Justin's friends was driving and another friend was in the passenger seat.

A paparazzo attempting to shoot photos of Justin Bieber's Ferrari was hit by another car and killed this evening -- although Bieber was NOT behind the wheel of the Ferrari ... TMZ has learned.  

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Bieber's white Ferrari was pulled over by California Highway Patrol for speeding on the 405 ... near the Getty Center in LA.   The CHP directed the driver to pull off the freeway, onto Sepulveda Blvd.

According to our sources, Bieber was DEFINITELY not driving at the time.

We're told a paparazzo -- who was following the Ferrari at the time of the pull over -- attempted to snap pics while officers conducted the traffic stop.

The photog then crossed Sepulveda to snap pics and was told twice by the CHP to go back to his car on the other side of the road.  When the photog tried crossing back, he was struck by an oncoming vehicle as he crossed back and was killed.


Our sources say drugs and alcohol were not a factor for the driver of the vehicle that hit the photog.

LAPD is now on scene investigating the incident.



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Wow, killed because he felt he needed to risk his life for Bieber photos. Sad. RIP.

627 days ago


What, no pictures? A Photoshopped Ferrari just isn't doin' it for me!

627 days ago


That is really horrible news. The paparazzi put themselves and others in danger often, and sadly, the result this time was death. It could have easily been the driver, passenger(s) or the police as well. I hope this tragedy will result in new laws about following celebs in cars. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the photographer.

627 days ago

Democrats are evil    

Those idiots will never learn. No sympathy here.

627 days ago


I assume the Ferrari photo in this article is NOT from the described incident?

627 days ago


Maybe the paps will be a little more careful now that they know they could be hurt too.

627 days ago


Those photographers are so.stupid and will do anything for a picture. I hope a picture of the Bieb's car was worth his life. SMH

627 days ago

Celebrity injustice    

I hope it was one of those X17 douchebags Sandro Rodriguez or Felipe Teixiera! They're always reckless and chasing the Biebs

627 days ago


what needs to happen is like the simpson show , put a big dome over LA AND CALL IT NUTSVILLE then it will suit bieber lohan spears and honey boo boo

627 days ago

The Jones    

R.I.P photog, but more grateful it not another Kris Jenner sponsored story about her daughter.

I have to ask but as an English man it comes across like the freedom to hold gun and freedom of speech it detrimental to your health,. No one gets any privacy in L.A. or anywhere in america, taking pics of so called celebs is considered a career

627 days ago


Surprised it didn't happen sooner. Why do these people feel the need to drive after the celebrities? The line should end when they get in their cars and drive off.

627 days ago

steak man     

Not a fan of the poparazzo but how sad to tell his mom and dad your son died for chasing justin and wanting to take a picture of Justin bieber, really!

627 days ago


Part of the game they play

627 days ago


Watch. The dead photog's family is going to sue bieber over this incident

627 days ago


Did he get the shot?

627 days ago
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