Two Florida deputies were each suspended for about two weeks for leaking information about actor and comedian Bob Saget’s death before his family was alerted, officials said.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday that the two deputies were each suspended for 81 hours without pay.
“This case shows how important it is to give detectives in death investigations time to ensure next of kin notifications are made before this information is released to the public,” the sheriff said. Orange County, John Mina, in a statement. “The deputies admitted their wrongdoings and were punished for their actions.”
One of the deputies informed his brother of Saget’s death shortly after responding to the scene, then the brother posted the information on social media, according to an investigation report. The other deputy, who was off duty and not involved in the death investigation, informed his neighbor of Saget’s death, officials said.
Saget, 65, was found by a security guard at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Orlando on January 9 after he failed to leave the hotel and his family requested a wellness check. A medical examiner later determined that Full house and America’s Funniest Home Videos star had died from an accidental blow to the head, possibly from a backward fall.