Alicia Tamboia Dies: Justin Bieber ‘Superfan’ Dead in Crash; Bieber, Fans Tweet ‘#RIPAlicia’

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
July 7, 2014 Updated: July 8, 2014

Alicia Tamboia, described as a Justin Bieber “superfan,” died in a car crash in upstate New York, prompting Bieber to tweet about it.

After Bieber issued the tweet, a number of his fans shared it.

Tamboia, 24, was one of two passengers who were in a car that was traveling on Interstate 90 before the Fourth of July. The car was traveling at a high rate of speed and hit another vehicle before it crashed into a tractor-trailer and broke into pieces.

Tamboia and the other passenger were ejected and died on the spot. The driver suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.

According to a LinkedIn page, she was working as a Brand Activation Manager for Dichelle Distrbutors. She also graduated from Dover High School in 2008.

A number of people tweeted about her death over the weekend. “#RIPAlicia,” tweeted Bieber, which started it.

“We lost a sister today but heaven gained an angel Alicia is taking care of little Avalanna for us #RIPAlicia,” wrote one person.

Added another, “Can’t believe this happened. Seems like just yesterday she was letting my sister stand closer to the stage at the believe tour.”

“Life is short. Live everyday like it’s your last and strive to make a difference. #RIPAlicia,” said another.”

Added another: “#RIPAlicia she was such an amazing person, helping all beliebers around the world. Alicia, you will never be forgotten.” 



AP update: Tennis’ Bouchard might ‘Never Say Never’ to Bieber  

LONDON (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard would like to think fellow Canadian Justin Bieber is noticing her run to the Wimbledon final.

After Bouchard won her semifinal Thursday, the 20-year-old was asked whether she thinks pop star Bieber is aware that she’s the first tennis player from Canada to reach a Grand Slam title match.

“I hope so,” she said with a smile. “I’m putting in so much hard work. I want to see this hard work rewarded.”

At the Australian Open in January, Bouchard was asked during an on-court interview who she’d like to go out on a date with — and she quickly gave Bieber’s name. He responded by sending a tweet wishing her good luck.

And that’s why Bieber, whose hits include “Baby” and “Never Say Never,” was brought up by a reporter at Bouchard’s news conference Thursday.

When Bouchard was teasingly asked whether Bieber has been in touch with her during Wimbledon, she said he hadn’t and laughed.

“You know,” Bouchard said, going along with the joke, “he’s kind of been in trouble recently.”

Then, she said: “I’m not associated with that at the moment. But, you know, if he cleans up his image. …”

Bieber is scheduled to go on trial in July in Miami on charges he was driving under the influence and without a valid driver’s license. He has also been charged in Toronto with assault. Last month, Bieber apologized after a years-old video surfaced showing him telling a racist joke.

Bouchard, who will face Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in Saturday’s final at the All England Club, also was asked whether Bieber might be Royal Box “material” at Centre Court, where actors and singers mix with sports stars and monarchs.

“He’s not?” Bouchard said, grinning. “They really wouldn’t allow him in the Royal Box if he came? I feel like he would manage to get himself in there somehow.”

OK, well if Bieber can’t make, who would Bouchard want to see in that VIP area?

“Um, that’s a tough question,” she said. “I would love, like, to see Oprah there.”


Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.