T.I. has rebutted a report released by TMZ about the death cause of his beloved late sister, Precious Harris, and is calling against the outlet and its founder, Harvey Levin, in a video.
“As long as you’ve known me, Harvey, I’ve been respectful, I’ve been cordial, I’ve been polite, I’ve been kind and I’ve been fair,” T.I. said. “You just burned that bridge. I hope your story was worth it. You just burned that bridge. To not just me, but everybody around me. All my family. Anybody who stand with me and who stand with Precious, will not stand for you.”
T.I. gave a quick rundown of the philanthropic work and the lives that his sister impacted ahead of her passing, and called for his followers to boycott TMZ.
On Thursday (June 6), TMZ claimed that they had obtained an official autopsy report from the Fulton County medical examiner that revealed the cause of her passing. In the article, they stated that medical documents showed that Precious had cocaine in her system at the time of her death.
The circumstances surrounding Precious’ official cause of death have been unconfirmed since she passed in February. Prior to that, a car accident left her hospitalized and in the ICU — prompting the Harris family to halt production for their VH1 show.
TMZ has since issued an apology and walked back their earlier report. The original article is no longer up on their site, and they have instead replaced it with a statement on the earlier report and an obituary-style post chronicling the life of Precious Harris.
“T.I. and his family are hurt and furious, and they have a point,” the outlet said in their written apology. “We got this wrong and we regret posting the M.E.'s findings.”
BET sends our heartfelt condolences to Precious' family and friends during this difficult time.
May she continue to rest in peace.
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