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ABC NEWS Apologizes for Yesterday's Live Stream from Robin Williams Home

August 12
12:23 2014
ABC NEWS Apologizes for Yesterday's Live Stream from Robin Williams Home

Variety reports that ABC News has issued a statement of apology for live streaming video from the home of actor Robin Williams following news of his death Monday evening.

The network said in the statement: "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."

The ABC News website last night featured graphics informing visitors that it had "live aerials" of Williams' home, located near by San Francisco. The act brought on public outrage, following Williams' family's request for privacy.

The comedian and Academy Award-winner died yesterday morning, August 11, 2014 at the age of 63. The coroner's office in Tiburon, Calif., has reported the death as probable suicide via asphyxiation.

His publicist issued the following statement: "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."

Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinski

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