This is the worst way to write the New Year in. This story has shades of Princess Diana‘s horrifying end in a car crash and we don’t get when people will get that these sort of risks are just not worth it. A paparazzo was killed while attempting to shoot pictures of Justin Bieber, which is just such a terrible waste of human life. Specifically because Justin wasn’t even in his car. TMZ reported that Justin’s friends were driving his car — wrongly identified as his Ferrari — and were stopped by the California Highway Patrol on Sepulveda Boulevard for a regular traffic check. We’re assuming the photographer thought Bieber was in the car and started clicking pictures of the scene until he was told to move by the police as he was in a precarious position since cars were speeding around him. Apparently, while doing so, the photographer was hit by a vehicle and is now dead. LAPD is now investigating but as we said, this all seems like such a tragic accident. All for a picture. Our condolences to the photographer’s family. This feels like a horrible reminder of the dark side of celebrity culture and how extreme it’s all getting.
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