Paparazzo Died Trying to Get Bieber Pot Scoop
Said he saw Bieber toking while driving
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2013 3:39 AM CST
Updated Jan 2, 2013 10:49 AM CST
Justin Bieber performs at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last September.   (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – A celebrity-chasing photog died in a failed attempt to get a shot of Justin Bieber in Los Angeles yesterday, after he spied the Bieb's Ferrari at a traffic stop and crossed a freeway to take photos. Police told the man to return to his car and he was struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle as he crossed back across the street, CNN reports. Bieber wasn't in his vehicle at the time. Less than an hour before the accident, the photographer called someone connected to his photo agency and said he had spotted Bieber smoking marijuana while driving the Ferrari that day, TMZ reports.

The person who received the call tells TMZ the photog didn't realize Bieber was no longer in the car later that day, and was probably acting "overzealous" because he anticipated a huge scoop. Bieber released a statement earlier today: "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." Last summer, Bieber was ticketed for speeding while trying to avoid pursuing paparazzi.

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Jan 4, 2013 9:34 AM CST
Too bad Biebers gay ass didn't get hit by a car.
Jan 4, 2013 7:16 AM CST
According to the article it sounds like the police killed him. Their supposed to serve AND PROTECT. This guy was in danger of being killed. They should have told him to stay where he was and either order a car to pick him up or do it themselves. Lights flashing, siren going, alert cars to slow down. They just stood there yelling at him to get back across. Then watched in horror as he was killed by oncoming traffic. I'm also surprised to see the callousness of these comments over the loss of this persons life. The Paperazzi just take pictures. Celibrities need to be prepared for this when their in public and stop crying about it. It's the price they pay for popularity and the millions they make off of the noteriety. And what about the trauma the driver that killed this person has to go through. I hope the image of that person being crushed by a car will live in the minds of those cops for the rest of their lives. And I hope they feel guilty about it , because they should.
Jan 3, 2013 11:44 PM CST
Most of these so called celebrities,make me sick Bieber being top of the list,until they start doing something constructive with all that wealth besides thinking that there shit dont stink,like hay the planet is falling apart,do something constructive,then you might look like something useful,Bieber what are you going to do when your voice starts sounding like a man,i guess the groupies will have to find another job just like you.