Bezos finally responds to backlash for space mission plug amid tornado-destroyed Amazon center deaths

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was slammed for being so preoccupied with his new spaceship toy that launched a small group into space for less than 10 minutes on Saturday morning that he failed to acknowledge Friday night’s fatal Amazon warehouse catastrophe in Illinois.

He eventually issued a statement late Saturday about the tornado-destroyed Amazon center that KMOV4 reported left at least six people dead in Edwardsville, which sits on the other side of the Mississippi River from St. Louis.

“The news from Edwardsville is tragic.” the former CEO of Amazon tweeted belatedly. “We’re heartbroken over the loss of our teammates there, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones.”

“All of Edwardsville should know that the Amazon team is committed to supporting them and will be by their side through the crisis. We extend our fullest gratitude to all the incredible first responders who have worked so tirelessly at the site,” Bezos, one of the world’s richest men, said.

Although an EF-3 tornado blew through on Friday night with winds as fierce as 150 mph, Saturday morning Bezos posted a photo of himself smiling ear to ear with the blue space suit-clad crew of his latest Blue Origin space flight team. The flight crew included former NFL Star and “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan. The photo was captioned, “Happy crew this morning in the training center.”


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Several hours before Bezos got around to acknowledging the tragic event, an Amazon spokesperson issued a statement.

“We’re deeply saddened by the news that members of our Amazon family passed away as a result of the storm in Edwardsville, IL,” the spokesperson said in a statement to Fox News.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones, and everyone impacted by the storm. We also want to thank all the first responders for their ongoing efforts on scene. We’re continuing to provide support to our employees and partners in the area,” the spokesperson said.

Many people showed their distaste for the delayed response on Twitter.  Here is a sampling of their reactions.


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