The death of Britney Spears’ ex-boyfriend, John Sundahl, has reportedly left the singer “devastated.”
Sundahl, 44, was killed last week when a Taliban missile hit his helicopter near Kabul, reports The Daily Mail.
Spears and Sundahl met at Alcoholics Anonymous in Los Angeles in 2007. They briefly dated and Sundahl is credited with helping Spears through her dark battle with alcohol and drugs.
"I told her: 'If you fall off the wagon, I don't think you will live,'" Sundahl told the National Enquirer in 2007. “‘If you don't want to get sober for yourself, do it for your kids.’”
“She truly wants to stop what she’s doing, and she has changed her life in another direction. She doesn’t get drunk every night and pass out,” Sundahl added.
Sundahl and Spears only dated for a few months, but they reportedly remained friends.
There were reports in the summer of 2014 that the two had started seeing one another again, even though Sundahl had moved to Afghanistan to fly dignitaries in and out of conflict.
MSN reports a source close to Spears said, “She is devastated. Britney thought he was a lovely man.”
Sundahl’s brother Karl said he and his family are mourning his death, and he believes Spears is too.
“John was on a journey from Kabul when he was shot at and killed. We were told by the State that John had died, they told us the Taliban did it. This is just awful. My family are heartbroken, my parents are elderly so this is very tough for them, and all of us,” Karl said.
“We know Britney’s upset too. John was still good friends with Britney, he talked to her regularly,” Karl said. “They dated for a while but always kept in touch afterwards.”
Sundahl’s body was expatriated to the United States and he was buried in a Buddhist ceremony last week in Los Angeles.
“It’s heartbreaking – John went there to try to repair the country. He was trying to help people, he would often say that the country was in chaos,” Karl said.
Spears has not released an official comment on Sundahl’s death.