ABC News Stirs Social Media Outrage With ‘Aerials of Robin Williams’ Home’ After Family Asks for Privacy

Social media upset over “aerial” coverage because of family’s request for privacy after the apparent suicide of the comedian

Robin Williams Aerial Coverage on ABC News
ABC News

(Update: ABC News has apologized for the aerial shots.)

Immediately after the shocking death by apparent suicide of Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams, his family released a statement in which they asked for “privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.” ABC News followed this with a red banner on their homepage reading, “Watch Live: Aerials of Robin Williams‘ Home.”

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Screenshots of the banner, which could be seen above an article including the family’s privacy request, quickly went viral, leading to a storm of social media outrage. ABC News did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.