It’s not a good thing for people to learn that their loved one was killed in a crash while watching or reading the news. Authorities do their utmost to keep information under wraps when tragedies happen in order to make sure they have correctly identified the victims involved and to notify family members before anyone else. However, these days outlets want to be the first to break a story.

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When TMZ reported the tragic death of Kobe Bryant in an accident, many people thought it was a mistake from the celebrity-gossip outlet. According to CNN, it had only been an hour since police were even informed of a downed aircraft, so while they were still assessing the scene and trying to identify the passengers in the helicopter, immediately the story popped up on TMZ’s website and social media.

The news immediately spread like smoke, but investigators were less than thrilled with the news break. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva held a press conference where he criticized the outlet. “It would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one… perished and you learn about it from TMZ, ” Villanueva stated. “That is just wholly inappropriate. ”

Los Angeles County Undersheriff Tim Murakami stated his disapproval in a tweet. “I am saddened that I was gathering facts as a media outlet reported the Kobe had passed, ” Murakami wrote. “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. ”

We all know TMZ is well-known for its breaking stories, particularly those celebrity deaths. They were the first to report on the tragic deaths of Michael Jackson, Prince, and Whitney Houston.

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