YouTube Star Under Fire For Video Featuring Suicide Victim’s Body

Anders Hagstrom | Justice Reporter

YouTube star Logan Paul came under heavy fire Monday after he posted video of he and his friends stumbling upon a suicide victim’s body in Japan.

The now-deleted video showed the 22-year-old vlogger visiting the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mount Fuji, an area infamous for suicides in Japan, the BBC reported. Paul framed the video as he and his friends going to visit a “haunted” forest, but when they came across the body of an apparent suicide victim, Paul cracked a few jokes before realizing the severity of the situation, and the internet soon pelted him with accusations of monetizing a man’s death.

“Yo, are you alive?” Paul can be seen saying to the body. “Are you f—ing with us?”

“This is a first for me. This literally probably just happened,” Paul says.

Someone off-camera then says “I don’t feel good.”

“What, you never stand next to a dead guy,” Paul relplies.

Laughing, Paul continues, “It was gonna be a joke. This was all a joke. Why did it become so real?”

Only then does the vlogger assume a more somber tone.

“This is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted to this channel,” Paul says. “Suicide is not a joke … Depression and mental illness are not a joke. We came here with an intent to focus on the ‘haunted’ aspect of the forest. This obviously just became very real, and obviously a lotta people are going through a lotta s— in their lives.

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It didn’t take long for celebrities like Aaron Paul (no relation) of “Breaking Bad” fame to call him out on Twitter.

Paul issued an apology on Twitter soon after the backlash started, claiming he had “never made a mistake like this before.”

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