The two Florida police officers who leaked the news of Bob Saget’s death have been officially disciplined, an Orlando news outlet said. Emiliano Silva and Steven Reed They have been found to have violated the information dissemination directive issued by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Information Dissemination Department. The details of the disciplinary action taken against the two men have not been released.
Silva was one of the agents at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orlando, Grande Lakes. He told his brother about the… Full room star’s death, who then wrote about it on Twitter. Reed was off duty at the time, but he learned of the incident and spread the word to friends who had seen one of Saget’s recent stand-up comedy shows. (Saget performed at the Ponte Verde Concert Hall in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday, January 8, and was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday, January 9.)
The news reached the public for Saget’s widow, Kelly Rizzo, or his children were notified of the comedian’s sudden death. The new report said Silva and Reed’s leaks “resulted in an influx of media investigations at a time when Mr Saget’s next of kin had not been notified and homicide detectives had not even arrived on the scene.”
In mid-February, Saget’s family sued the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the medical examiner for “not disclosing graphic details of the investigation.” While Saget family lawyer Brian Bieber agreed that “facts of the investigation must be made public”, specific details and all “photographs, video recordings, audio recordings, legally protected autopsy information and all other legally protected information” must remain private.
Saget’s autopsy revealed that he died as a result of a fall and a blow to the head while alone in his room, and that he also had COVID-19 at the time.
Earlier this month, Saget’s Full room co-star John Stamos called out the Tony Awards for failing to include Saget in their “In Memoriam” segment. “Bob was brilliant in The Sleepy Chaperone † Hand to God† Come on @BroadwayLeague and @TheWing! Do the right thing! Bob loved Broadway and I know the community loved him,” he said tweeted†