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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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76.

Uncle Rufus    

Well.....is anybody SURPRISED? Was BOUND to happen....

639 days ago
77.

Cathy    

Absolutely ridiculous way to die!

639 days ago
78.

Teresa    

Wow, how sad. Praying for his family!

639 days ago
79.

Drew Dawg    

This is a slightly better world.

639 days ago
80.

Drew Dawg    

No sympathy. It's about time this happened to one of these idiots.

639 days ago
81.

RobinD323    

OMG! Harvey you finally pulled your head out of KIMYE'S vagina. I'm shocked. Why don't you just call this lace Kimye's second hangout courtesy of TMZ??

639 days ago
82.

Bobo Frog    

He died of Bieber Fever.

639 days ago
83.

w    

so there had to be a reason the ferrari was pulled over right?, speeding? so he was trying to outrun a pap in a ferrari and got pulled over..there should be an age limit on owning a friggin ferrari

639 days ago
84.

w    

OH and R.I.P pap. :-( God bless him and his family

639 days ago
85.

jbobby61    

Sad

639 days ago
86.

CruJones    

VERY pleased.

639 days ago
87.

Passion Of The Taint    

Ha Ha!

639 days ago
88.

Tmzfan    

Justin needs to sell all his cars and pay a driver to take him around. Between his recent traffic violationS and loaning out his cars to idiots he should take these as a lesson learned so that it doesn't get worse.

639 days ago
89.

Horrible People    

It's incredible that anyone who looks at this website can say anything negative about this poor guy. He was killed while working. It's as simple and tragic as that. If it was a Caltrans employee who was struck by a car while at work would it be any different? If it was a "legitimate" news photographer from L.A Times or KTLA crossing the road to get the pic would that make it a sad situation? Just because the photographer was trying to get pictures of a celebrity doesn't mean that he is and idiot or a loser. One person wrote "No sympathy. It's about time this happened to one of these idiots." What on earth? You are reading a celebrity news blog and you, like many others, are probably a regular visitor to these types of sites and yet you feel that the people that provide the content are idiots? Anyone who can say these type of things and mean it should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

639 days ago
90.

Kalamazoo    

LOL..... It's payback to them. The pap's have been going to far for such a long time. I have no remorse....LOL......

639 days ago
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