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Brother of West Hollywood Meningitis Victim Condemns Councilman, Media

It’s not just the fact that West Hollywood councilman John Duran incorrectly stated during a Friday April 12 press conference that bacterial meningitis victim Brett Shaad had been taken off life support (that difficult decision was made Saturday evening). For family members, it’s also the idea that Duran’s statements sparked incorrect reporting from major media organizations.

Per Patrick Range MacDonald‘s LA Weekly item, Shaad’s brother Brian took to Facebook on Monday to vent his frustrations:

“The irresponsibility of councilman Duran, the LA Times and the Associated Press in announcing the death of my brother before we even had the chance to tell family members and his friends outside of Los Angeles is outrageous.”

“There are a number steps we will be taking to ensure that politically-driven actions by politicians and reckless reporting by the media can never do this to another grieving family again.”

Duran issued a statement of apology on Monday. To read what he said, read MacDonald’s article and-or WEHOville executive editor Dan Watson‘s separate, extended coverage. RIP.

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