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Sheriff's Department Criticized For Releasing Detailed Information About Williams Death

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Sheriff’s officials have responded to criticism over the release of information about the manner of Robin Williams's death, noting that California state law requires that information be disclosed to the public.

In an email to the Associated Press, Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd said that “These kinds of cases, whether they garner national attention or not, are very difficult for everyone involved. Frankly, it would have been our personal preference to withhold a lot of what we disclosed to the press yesterday, but the California Public Records Act does not give us that kind of latitude.”

Previously, Boyd announced during a press conference that Williams apparently hung himself and provided a detailed description of the scene and Williams' body, drawing criticism from some healthcare professionals.

“Having that amount of detail is not helpful” said Lyn Morris, vice president of clinical operations at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services told the Associated Press. “The contagion effect is real, and it’s worrisome.” – Staff Writers