Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowles

Beyoncé Knowles has paid tribute to a former colleague, who died in a car accident involving Salma Hayek's brother.

The 'XO' hitmaker posted a touching message about Grammy Award-winning art director Ian Cuttler Sala, after he was identified as the 43-year-old passenger killed in Sami Hayek's 2006 Ford GT when he crashed in Bel Air in Los Angeles on Sunday (24.02.14).

The 32-year-old singer wrote: "Rest in Peace Ian Cuttler. Ian was a Grammy Award winning art director and photographer who will be greatly missed. His memorable work includes album covers for 'Destiny Fulfilled' and 'Dangerously in Love.'"

Sami, 40, lost control of his vehicle when he was driving on Sunset Boulevard.

Ian, who worked with many other stars in the past and won a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Art Direction for 'Johnny Cash: The Legend,' was pronounced dead at the scene by the Los Angeles Fire Department, while Sami was taken to hospital after sustaining several broken ribs and a laceration to his head.

A 20-year-old truck driver that was also involved in the crash suffered a broken foot.

Law enforcement officers believe Sami lost control after swerving to avoid an on-coming vehicle, but the investigation is still continuing and no arrests have been made.

Salma, 47, is yet to comment on the incident.

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