YouTuber star Logan Paul has shared a 15-minute video on Sunday of him and a few friends visiting Aokigahara, a forest at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan that is often referred to as "suicide forest" due to the many suicides that take place there.
The graphic video, which featured a dead body and was titled "We found a dead boy in the Japanese Suicide Forest...," has since been deleted. Paul issued an apology to his 3.9 million Twitter followers on Monday, claiming he posted the footage to raise awareness for suicide prevention.
"Let's start with this -- I'm sorry," he wrote in a lengthy statement on social media. "This is a first for me. I've never faced criticism like this before, because I've never made a mistake like this before. I'm surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I'm still a human being. I can be wrong."
Many of Paul's fans and celebrities were extremely angry about the video being posted at all. They quickly took to Twitter to share their disapproval, as well as ways to donate to suicide prevention charities.