Sadly, one of Britney Spears’ ex-lovers is dead. Reportedly, John Sundahl was killed by Taliban fighters last week in Afghanistan. The Mirror reported that Spears former boyfriend, who helped her through a dark time of alcohol and drug abuse, died when his private helicopter was shot down with a missile fired by the Islamic fundamentalist group.
Sundahl, 44, according to his brother, who delivered the sobering news of his death, was working as a contractor. His role as a pilot was to ferry officials to and from various points across the area, still active with unrest. His brother, Karl, shared details of how Britney Spears ex died.
“It’s heartbreaking – John went there to try to repair the country. He was trying to help people, he would often say that the country was in chaos.
“John was on a journey from Kabul when he was shot at and killed. We were told by the State that John had died, they told us the Taliban did it. This is just awful. My family are heartbroken, my parents are elderly so this is very tough for them, and all of us. “We know Britney’s upset too. John was still good friends with Britney, he talked to her regularly. They dated for a while but always kept in touch afterwards.”
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Britney met John in 2007 at an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting in California during a time in which her life was spiraling out of control. She was going through a bitter split with her husband, Kevin Federline, and after a string of bizarre behaviors (smashing a car window in a fit of rage and her infamous head-shaving stunt), her father, Jamie Spears, intervened and a court granted him a conservatorship in 2008.
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Britney and John dated for a time and split. After the breakup, they remained close friends and continued communicating. Insiders say they reunited last summer, but called things off again. There was even talk about their engagement.
Spears’ ex-boyfriend was the human pivot-point in her life, and he was known for being brutally honest about her behavior, as evidenced by a past interview. Essentially, he told her she would not live if she remained on her then-present course with substance abuse.
“I told her, ‘If you fall off the wagon I don’t think you’ll live. I told her, ‘If you don’t want to get sober for yourself, do it for your kids’.
“She truly wants to stop what she’s doing, and she has changed her life in another direction. She doesn’t get drunk every night and pass out.”
Sundahl’s remains were transported back to the United States, and a private funeral was held at a Buddhist temple in Los Angeles. It’s unknown if Britney Spears was among the 11 in attendance.
Last month, Britney celebrated a milestone. December marked the first year anniversary for her residency in Las Vegas. Reportedly, the reviews were sufficient enough that she re-upped for another two years at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino.
And it appears that the pop star is geared up for a busy 2015. Sources say Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea are set to release a collaboration. The single represents the first installment to Britney’s ninth studio album.
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