After the family of Robin Williams asked for privacy following the legendary actor’s sudden death Monday, ABC News featured a breaking news banner on its website appearing to do just the opposite.
“Watch Live,” the banner said, “Aerials of Robin Williams’ Home.”
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The news banner immediately provoked a strong reaction on Twitter, with individuals expressing their outrage.
“Disgusting,” one individual tweeted.
“Horrible,” echoed another.
The banner was later removed. In a statement to TheBlaze Tuesday, ABC spokeswoman Nicole Enberg said it was taken down “when we realized there was no news value.”
“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,” Enberg said.
Publicist Mara Buxbaum had said the Williams family “respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Williams was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide inside his California home. He was 63.
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