Los Angeles County Sheriff Slams TMZ For Reporting Kobe Bryant’s Death Before Family Could Be Notified

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It was a breaking news headline that no one was prepared to see. Kobe Bryant had been killed in a fiery helicopter crash. TMZ was the first to report the story, quickly spreading the news through social media. However, while the news outlet has long been praised for breaking the biggest celebrity deaths, they are now under fire for reporting Bryant’s death prematurely. In fact, they reported so swiftly that the Bryant family had not been notified of the deaths before the news went out on TMZ’s website and social media accounts, only an hour after police were notified of the downed helicopter.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva criticized the outlet during a press conference. 

“It would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one… perished and you learn about it from TMZ,” Villanueva scolded. “That is just wholly inappropriate.”

Los Angeles County Undersheriff Tim Murakami also took to Twitter to express his disapproval with the way the news was handled.

“I understand getting the scoop but please allow us time to make personal notifications to their loved ones. It’s very cold to hear of the loss via media Breaks my heart.”

TMZ did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.

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