January 11, 2013 17:16
Charlie Sheen pays funeral costs of man killed attempting to photograph Justin Bieber
Actor calls incident "an unforgiving moment that begs us all to be human"
Charlie Sheen has reportedly offered to pay for the funeral costs for the man killed while trying to take photographs of Justin Bieber.
The incident, which happened on January 1, led to the death of Chris Guerra. The man was taking photographs of a car in Los Angeles that he believed Bieber was inside of. Guerra was hit by an oncoming car as he returned to his vehicle. Despite it being his car, Bieber was not in the car at any point.
Guerra's family were appealing for funds to bury their son before Sheen intervened, offering to pay for the whole thing and describing the incident as "an unforgiving moment that begs us all to be human". Speaking to TMZ, Sheen said: "A tragic incident like this erases the line between the photographer and the subject. It's an unforgiving moment that begs us all to be human and work as one to prevent this in the future. As parents, we are all not supposed to bury our children. My deepest condolences to the families involved."
Guerra's funeral will take place today (January 11). It is believed Sheen paid £7,500 towards the cost of the burial.
Meanwhile, online forum 4Chan has been criticised after it emerged that users of the site had conspired to convince Bieber fans to cut themselves and post the pictures online in an attempt to dissuade the teen singer from smoking marijuana.
YoungMinds, a British charity that aims to improve the mental health of young people, labelled the joke "irresponsible, reprehensible and extremely dangerous". Representative Lucie Russell said: "Self harming is not a fashion, fad or statement. It's a signal that young people are experiencing extreme distress and need help. Cutting is a self-destructive act that is a way of coping with overwhelming emotions."
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