Ugh! We're getting shivers over this!
As we previously reported, Tuesday evening was the last New Year's one paparazzo would ever see.
Following that perfect photograph of Justin Bieber, a celebrity photographer high-tailed it to where he believed the popstar was during a routine traffic stop in El Lay.
With the famous white Ferrari stopped for the CHP, the pap put his life in danger trying to get a snapshot of Justin… despite CHP's warnings.
The photog was then struck by an oncoming car and killed. Justin wasn't even in the car…
But even though he wasn't present during the incident, he's affected nonetheless. Having just released a statement on the matter, he says:
"While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim. 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."
Well said, Biebs. Well said.
We knew this was going to heat the burners of ethical celebrity photography discussions, and we really hope action is taking following this. But at the same time, we're also still extending our wishes to the family. We can only hope they're able to manage the best they can during a time like this…
[Image via Ramey Pix.]
Tags: accident, death, ferrari, justin bieber, paparazzi, statement