The world has just learned about the passing of Robin Williams, but now his widow Susan Schneider and the family has requested privacy during their time of grieving. How does the media respond? We make sure to cover every angle, and ABC News has even gone so far as to broadcast that they will be providing “live aerials of Robin Williams’ home.”
In a related report by The Inquisitr, if you want to know the details of Robin Williams’ death, please click the provided link in this sentence. As might be expected of someone famous, a host of celebrities have publicly responded to the beloved comedian and actor’s passing.
When the news struck, Williams’ rep released a statement explaining the circumstances of his death:
“Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Note that the family immediately requested privacy. Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, also released a statement that reiterated their request:
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Instead of privacy, this is what we get:
ABC News has since released a statement on the issue.
“When we realized there was no news value to the live stream, we took it down immediately. Our intention was not to be insensitive to his family, friends and fans, and for that we apologize.”
Robin Williams made lives brighter and despite his issues, he was one of the most successful actors of our time. He gave back to society, not just with laughter, but dedicated much of his life to charity and other good works. He will be missed.
What do you think is a reasonable limit to how the media should cover tragedies like Robin Williams’ suicide? Or do you think the public deserves to know all the details, no matter how grim they might be? In the meantime, I say we focus on happier times…
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