On Sunday, TMZ was the first media outlet to report that basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles.
There was a swift backlash for the quick reporting, with some stating that families were not notified as news was breaking on the gossip site.
Los Angeles County Undersheriff Tim Murakami sent out a tweet Sunday evening, calling for personal notifications to be made before publishing:
I am saddened that I was gathering facts as a media outlet reported the Kobe had passed. 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
— Undersheriff Tim Murakami (@LASDMurakami) January 26, 2020
While holding press conference, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva also said, “ It would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one … perished and you learn about it from TMZ. That is just wholly inappropriate.”