*Earlier we noted that T.I. was thoroughly pissed at TMZ for reporting the truthful findings of the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s report about the death of his sister, Precious Harris Chapman, due to cocaine use.
Now the gossip/news site seems to be second guessing itself on it’s initial decision to post the story in the first place. All that to say that TMZ is apologizing for publishing the story.
Did T.I.’s call for a boycott of the site create too much heat? And we can only wonder what’s really going on behind the scenes at Thirty Mile Zone.
In any event, here is TMZ‘s statement/apology:
Earlier Thursday, we posted a story about T.I.‘s sister, Precious Harris Chapman, and reported the Medical Examiner’s official findings on her cause of death … we were wrong to do it.
T.I. and his family are hurt and furious, and they have a point.
Precious was a vital member in her community throughout her life. She was a proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She mentored children and young women in need over the years. She was an ambassador for Saving Our Daughters, a nonprofit created by parents Curtis and Debbie Benjamin, who lost their child to a brain tumor.
In her efforts connected to Saving Our Daughters, she helped girls overcome the many obstacles they face growing up — bullying, dating abuse, domestic violence and more.
She worked tirelessly over the years with Hosea Feed the Hungry, an organization that feeds the homeless and hungry in Atlanta, alongside the daughter of civil rights icon Hosea Williams.
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She was a supporter and advocate for Motherless Daughters and the Covenant House. Motherless Daughters supported and advocated on behalf of daughters who have lost their mothers by providing emotional support, guidance and resources. She started the Precious Academy, an early education initiative where she provided early education, nurturing and supporting children and their families.
Precious was an active member of Salem Bible Church, where there is a Community Center in her name, to serve people in need in the area where she grew up.
She was recently granted a scholarship in her name — by VH1 — the Precious Chapman Scholarship.
Precious worked alongside her brother in Atlanta for more than 10 years on philanthropic and humanitarian initiatives, including the annual Senior Thanksgiving, where they feed more than 7,000 seniors and grandparents raising their grandchildren. She also cohosted the annual Holiday Caravan, where she supported daycares in need, provided Christmas gifts for Children’s Hospital and serviced youth in need throughout the Bankhead section of Atlanta.
Precious was only peripherally involved in T.I. and Tiny‘s reality show, and wasn’t in the spotlight as a celebrity.
We got this wrong and we regret posting the M.E.’s findings.