Britney Spears’ ex-lover killed in Taliban attack

John Sundahl helped the pop star fight her drink and drugs problems

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Britney Spears’ former lover has been killed in a Taliban missile attack as he flew a helicopter in Kabul, Afghanistan,

Pilot John Sundahl, 44, who helped the pop star fight her drink and drugs problems, had been working for several months as a private contractor, transporting officials across the war-torn country.

He dated the 33-year-old pop singer in 2007 after they met at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Los Angeles.

A source close to Britney Spears told the British newspaper The Mirror: “She is devastated. Britney thought he was a lovely man.”

The pair remained friends after their romance ended and it was thought they restarted their relationship last summer, the newspaper added.

John Sundahl once revealed that he had warned Spears that she would die if she did not overcome her drink problems.

“It’s heartbreaking - John went there to try to repair the country,” the pilot’s brother Karl told the newspaper. “He was trying to help people, he would often say that the country was in chaos.”

He added: “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.”

The pilot was buried in a small family funeral last week.

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