Florida deputies sanctioned for leaking Bob Saget’s death

An officer told his brother, who posted the news on Twitter.

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Two Florida agents who leaked the news of Bob Saget’s death before the actor’s family was properly notified have been sanctioned.

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Emiliano Silva and Steven Reed violated the Orange County Sheriff’s Office release of information policy, according to an internal investigation.

Silva, one of the officers who responded to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Hotel, Grande Lakes, told his brother about the Full House star’s death. His brother then posted the news on Twitter with the message “RIP Bob Saget.” CNN informed.

He later deleted the tweet after Silva instructed him to do so, according to the report. The agent told investigators that he “wasn’t really thinking” when he shared the information with his brother, but that he “had no bad intentions.”

Meanwhile, Reed was off duty at the time, but found out about the incident and spread the word to friends who had watched one of Saget’s recent comedy shows.

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Saget performed at the Ponte Verde Concert Hall in Jacksonville, Florida on January 8 and was found dead in his hotel room the next day.

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Reed told investigators: “In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have shared it the way I did.”

According to the report, both deputies shared the news before Saget’s wife, Kelly Rizzo, or their children were informed of the comedian’s sudden death. The leak “resulted in an influx of media inquiries at a time when Mr. Saget’s closest relatives had not been notified and Homicide Unit detectives had not even arrived on the scene.”

In February, Saget’s family sued the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the medical examiner to ensure “graphic details of the investigation are not released publicly.”

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Brian Bieber, the family’s attorney, agreed that “the facts of the investigation should be made public,” but specific details and any “photographs, video recordings, audio recordings, legally protected autopsy information, and any other information protected by law” must remain private.

The sheriff’s office has not disclosed what disciplinary action the deputies received.

Sage died from a fall and a blow to the head while alone in his room, according to the autopsy report. He also had COVID-19 at the time of his death. She was 65 years old.

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