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Justin Bieber

Photog Killed

After Chasing Bieber's Ferrari

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

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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.

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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.

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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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480 COMMENTS

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61.

kelli    

Attention media outlets: We, the American public that spend money don't give a flying fark about Bieber or any Celebrity outside the movies, you just think we do.

638 days ago
62.

Rant On    

I wonder if TMZ feels blood guilty at all for this......doubtful

638 days ago
63.

Jodi    

I KNEW IT, I KNEW IT. I said one day a paparazzo would get killed trying to get a pic of these celebs. I know it's their job but there is not a celeb in this world I would put my life in danger for. .

My condolences go out the paparazzo's family. He risked his life to get a picture and paid for it with his life. That's too high of a price to pay. I hope the rest of them would take this as a warning and stop acting a fool over these celebs. Most of them aren't worth it anyway.

638 days ago
64.

Who the Hell is Khloe    

So stupid. Pics of dumb celebs are not worth it!

638 days ago
65.

dede    

One Ahole down many more low life like this to go.

638 days ago
66.

Allupinyourearhole    

Why the hell was he chasing vanity anyway? To all the rest of the papparazzo...get a real career.

638 days ago
67.

chefadam    

wtf is wrong with you guys?

638 days ago
68.

amy    

If Beiber ever wants privacy all he has to do is become a full time transsexual and people won't bother him anymore about being a talent etc. Take Bralalalala for an example of this easy privacy technique.

638 days ago
69.

Jessica    

I'm not blaming Bieber here, but this probably wouldn't have happened if he would be more inconspicuous about his material possessions. Why does he feel the need to create a spectacle and show off all his damn cars all the time? He does it to attract attention and he knows it.

638 days ago
70.

Northerner    

its nice to see one of these s***bags get clipped now and then. one is a slow start but a start none the less. to bad all the photog s***bags that chased down lady di didnt have a fate like this *******.

638 days ago
71.

Mesadabree    

Geez stupid photogs!!

638 days ago
72.

BC    

how sad!

638 days ago
73.

Fat Matt    

LOL!

638 days ago
74.

brainscan    

Maybe the paparazzo was chasing after Bieber and got careless because he had Bieber Fever. How sad, and Bieber was not even in the car.

638 days ago
75.

Lildarlinj     

My heart goes out to the poor man that died. I think that's it is way over due for laws to be made so these incidents stop occurring.

638 days ago
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