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Beyonce Pays Tribute to Art Director Killed in Car Crash

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In a somber twist of celebrity fate, Beyonce gives a tribute to Grammy-winning art director Ian Cuttler Sala, a passenger who died in a tragic car accident involving Salma Hayek’s brother Sami.

According to E! News, Sami was driving in Los Angeles when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed over into the westbound lanes of traffic. His car collided with a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.

Sala was pronounced dead on the scene, while Sami was rushed to a local hospital with several broken ribs and a laceration to his head.

On her Facebook page, Beyonce posted a photo of Ian Cuttler Sala holding a golden gramophone backstage at the Grammys.

“Rest in Peace Ian Cuttler,” she wrote. “Ian was a Grammy Award winning art director and photographer who will be greatly missed. His memorable work includes album covers for ‘Destiny Fulfilled’ and ‘Dangerously in Love.’”

Sala has worked with several big-name artists during his career, including Mariah Carey and Johnny Cash for which he won a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Art Direction for ‘Johnny Cash: The Legend.’ He also earned a Grammy nomination for his art direction on ‘Louis Armstrong: The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings.’

We send our condolences to family and friends of Ian Cuttler Sala. May he rest eternally in peace.

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