Two Florida cops suspended for LEAKING news of Bob Saget's death before family was notified
Deputies Emiliano Silva and Steven Reed informed their friends and family of Saget's death before the comedian's own family was notified
A recent update from the investigation into Bob Saget's death reveals the wrongful actions of two cops. The iconic comedian was found dead in his Orlando Ritz-Carlton hotel room on January 9. The news of his passing was forwarded by deputies Emiliano Silva and Steven Reed before members of Saget's family could be notified.
Silva first informed his brother of the passing of the legend. The brother then tweeted, 'RIP Bob Saget'. The tweet was subsequently deleted after media personalities started inquiring about the news. Further, a few news outlets had also noticed the tweet.
Meanwhile, Reed was off-duty and informed his neighbors - who had attended Saget's show - of the tragedy. Reed reportedly wrote, "Better keep your tickets. Might’ve been his last show.” Orange County Sheriff John Mina told the Hill, "This case highlights how important it is to allow detectives in death investigations the time to ensure next of kin notifications are made before that information is disseminated to the public."
Mina added, "The deputies acknowledged their wrongdoing and were disciplined for their actions." Police entered the star's room when he failed to be present at the scheduled time and the hotel received concerned phone calls from his family who tried to reach him but failed.
Saget was found unresponsive and was cold to the touch with his back on the bed.
Orlando police later released photos from the scene that indicated he may have used the bathroom before going to bed as there was a towel in the bathtub and some toiletries in the shower and on the counter. Though investigators confirmed there were no signs of foul play, they concluded that Saget likely fell backward, hit his head, and then passed when he hit the bed.
The toxicology analysis also revealed that there were no illicit toxins in his system at the time of death. His room was in an orderly manner with all personal belongings placed neatly by the nightstand and TV closet and bathroom. There was no blood or bodily fluid on the bed sheets or pillows, according to the police.
In an autopsy report, Joshua Stephany, the Chief Medical Examiner at the District Nine Medical Examiner's Office, said the nature of Saget's injuries, combined with the fact that the skin on the back of his head remained intact, led him to believe his fatal injuries were most likely caused by "something hard, covered by something soft."