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Host criticized for describing Williams as coward

August 12, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News’ Shepard Smith is getting criticism after he speculated on air that Robin Williams may have been a coward following his death by suicide.

Smith made the comment Monday night during coverage of the Academy Award-winning actor-comedian’s death. He was speaking about how Williams’ death — authorities said Tuesday the 63-year-old hung himself — might affect his three adult children.

Critics took to social media after Smith said Williams’ children were giving him so much joy, “and yet something inside you is so horrible, or you’re such a coward, or whatever the reason that you decide you have to end it.”

Fox News had no immediate comment. Shepard was due on air later Tuesday.

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