(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.”
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.
— Andy Castro (@21royalstreet) August 12, 2014
— Inquisitr News (@theinquisitr) August 12, 2014
— Nick The FN Icon (@NickTheFNicon) August 12, 2014
Just want to mention it’s absolutely disgusting that there’s an aerial view of Robin Williams‘ house. Leave the family be.
— Anissa (@_nissax3) August 12, 2014
— Leo Cohen (@beardrivecar) August 12, 2014
— Michael Snead (@Mr_Snead) August 12, 2014
— LaMott Jackson (@lamottjackson) August 12, 2014
— Lewis Sayblack (@LoudoggTheFunk) August 12, 2014
— Declan McCloskey (@declankilrea) August 11, 2014
— Connor (@consheff) August 11, 2014