Two days after the tragic death of “Diary” actor Anthony Rapp, social media users in the U.S. have been reeling over the social media platform’s response to Rapp’s friend, whom Rapp said was a “role model.”
In a post on Facebook, the actor’s sister, Kim, shared a photo of her nephew, who she said is known for his strong support of Rapp.
“My nephew Anthony Rapp was a role model to me and my sister and they were the best of friends,” Kim wrote in a post that has since gone viral.
“I know Anthony is proud of what he did and for that, he is forever missed.
We all need to remember him and be strong.”
The actor was shot and killed in the same day on Dec. 2, the same night that his sister posted the photo.
Rapp, whose real name is Anthony Harvey, had been on Twitter with the account @AnthonyRapp, which has been suspended.
He also had an Instagram account with the handle @AnthonyHarvey.
The actor’s Instagram page was also taken down on Monday, according to a statement from Twitter.
“We take these matters very seriously and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident,” the company said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“This type of conduct is unacceptable and we have zero tolerance for this type of behavior.”
Twitter’s Twitter feed was also suspended, and users were advised to change their passwords.
The social media giant also tweeted that “the company will work closely with law enforcement to help with the investigation.”
Rapp had been a longtime friend of the actor, and was one of several people to come out in support of the star following his death.
A friend of Rapp’s posted on Instagram on Monday night, “RIP Anthony Rapp.
A role model for me and everyone else.
Rest in Peace Anthony.”
On Twitter, one user wrote, “I was so shocked to see my friend Anthony Rapp’s account deleted and his photos removed.
The account was also deactivated on Monday evening, with one user tweeting, “This is sad.”
The other, who identified himself as “a former social media influencer,” posted that the actor “was a role player to me.
I know Anthony was proud of it and for this, he will forever miss.
I am a role playing fan and he taught me how to do it.”
He continued, “As a fan of Anthony, I know what he meant to everyone who knew him.”
Twitter said it is “working with the police to determine what happened to Anthony’s account and to help find the person responsible.”
A spokesperson for the FBI declined to comment on the situation on Monday.
Rapp was shot multiple times in his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Sherman Oaks after a car chase and was taken to a hospital where he died, according with the Los Angels Police Department.
Rapp’s family members have not commented publicly since the incident.
Rapp told The Associated Press in December that he believed the actor had called him “boyfriend” when he called him on a Saturday night and invited him to their house in West Hollywood.
“He just said he had a job, so he was going to be late,” Rapp told the AP.
“When he left, he asked if I was going out with him, and I said sure.
I thought he meant it.
He had no idea I was dating someone.”