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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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121.

k    

pretty stupid, all for the money, to put your own life and others at risk, hope it is a lesson for all the other photographers that dont give a crap about anyone, celebrity or not, time to start using your brain already, no one really gives a s$#@ about a pic, its old news in about 1 second

630 days ago
122.

Bamby    

Crazy but bound to happen.. All for a photo, Really? I thought that new laws were put in place to stop these paps from doing stupid things like this. I would think that any officer that pulls over a famous person does not appreciate the clicking of high powered cameras as well. I personally think that it is an interference or annoyance when an officer is trying to do their job. Sad if this pap had a wife and children. His desperation is what killed him. Ironic that his own photo is now in a file on a desk within the coroners office.

630 days ago
123.

Mcgiver13    

DOWN WITH TMZ... THEY ARE THE REASON ALL THIS BULL**** CONTINUES. AND WHILE IM AT IT **** E! AND ET AND RADARONLINE AND ALL THESE OTHER BULL**** POP CULTURE WEBSITES THAT PAY THESE PEOPLE TO RISK THEIR LIVES FOR A WORTHLESS PICTURE.

630 days ago
124.

LightJ    

What an idiot. I'm sorry, I feel bad, but seriously?? Die to take a dumb photo of that f*cking moron?? No one is worth your life, no picture is worth your life. That is absolutely a stupid way to go and not to mention, the photographers put others in danger with their stupid antics! It needs to f*cking stop!

630 days ago
125.

Mee    

When will "girly" boy's 15 min be up so he can go back home
A boy had his car not a GIRL?

630 days ago
126.

Just_Me    

Photog? Is that what you parasites prefer to be called?

630 days ago
127.

waffles    

First Darwin Award nominee of 2013.
Another idiot removed from the gene pool.

630 days ago
128.

Bethy    

It's terrible that somebody died, but maybe NOW people will pay attention to the danger some of those paparazzi get themselves and others into when they try to get these shots. I'm all about the freedom of press, but there really needs to be a line when it comes to safety and common sense. As I understand it, Harvey and TMZ have pretty strict guidelines about these kind of things, and while while they're still part of the crowd, Harvey doesn't put up with the extremes some of them deal with.

630 days ago
129.

Jimmyjam    

Cameras kill or the the pic does

630 days ago
130.

ashlea    

to lose a life regardless of the situation is sad... spread love not hate....thoughts n prayers go out to him n his family...

630 days ago
131.

Suxtobehim    

I feel for the photog's family for their loss, but seriously? Ya'll didn't learn anything after Princess Diana?

630 days ago
132.

Erikson    

Just like simi auto guns. They should ban paparazzi. It would be for the greater good of the community.

630 days ago
133.

Cally    

WOW, check out the hypocrisy, both those of you lamenting celebrity stalking (ala Princess Diana) and those of you pitying the photog and/or driver.

It's websites and publications like THIS that buy those photos. And YOU, dear reader, drive the demand.

If you didn't read celebrity trash, then there'd be no money in celeb stalking, it wouldn't happen, and people who are now dead would be alive.

YOU DRIVE THE DEMAND, going to take some responsibility for that? Or just sit back and say "how sad, I knew this would happen"?

630 days ago
134.

SSinOC    

If Bieb's wasn't driving yet the pap thought he was they maybe were using the car as a decoy to throw off the paps? So much for that money shot?

630 days ago
135.

Diamond Goddess!    

*sigh*
This was, sadly, totally inevitable!!!
(Did he at least GET the pic so his family can sell it and have $$$ to live on ?)

630 days ago
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