Bruce Jenner broke his silence following a fatal multivehicle accident on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu Saturday. The former Olympian is cooperating with police. The crash killed Kardashian neighbor Kim Howe, 69, of Calabasas, California. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
"My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones, and to all of those who were involved or injured in this terrible accident," Jenner said in a statement Sunday released through publicist Alan Nierob. "It is a devastating tragedy, and I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them. I will continue to cooperate in every way possible."
Rumors surfaced Jenner might have been texting or intoxicated at the time of the accident, but he passed a Breathalyzer test administered by police, and he was not texting during the crash, his publicist told the Associated Press Sunday. "The evidence will show that Bruce was not texting at the time of the accident," Nierob said. Jenner voluntarily handed over his phone records, TMZ reported, and it’s not believed paparazzi were chasing the star at the time of the tragedy.
Jenner’s famous children and stepchildren have not commented on the crash on social media. Instead, Kim and Khloe Kardashian promoted themselves after the Grammys. Biological daughters Kendall and Kylie have stayed off Twitter since the fatal incident. Ex-wife Kris Jenner also has remained silent.
Jenner, 65, has battled rumors he is transitioning into a woman. He has never admitted to wanting to become transgender, but TMZ reported his family has known for years he struggled with his identity. His ex-wife wanted to keep the news quiet because it would “hurt the brand,” a source told the site. In recent days it has appeared that he may be ready to go public. He is said to have agreed to an interview with Diane Sawyer.
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