YouTuber's video of suicide victim sparks controversy

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YouTuber Logan Paul has been highly criticised after publishing footage of a suicide victim.

The video titled 'We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest' was published on December 31 but has since been removed. 

Logan Paul, who has more than 15 million YouTube subscribers, opened the video with a disclaimer about the importance of seeking help whilst grappling with mental illness and depression.

The 22- year old then proceeds to state that "this is the most real vlog I've ever posted on this channel," and that he believes that "this definitely marks a moment in YouTube history."

Within the video, Paul visits Japan with several of his friends. They make a trip to Aokigahara, a forest at the base of Mt Fuji known as 'the suicide forest'

After walking a short distance into the forest, the group discovers a body hanging from a tree.

Paul and his friends film themselves approaching the body, which was fully blurred out when seen from a distance. However, there are several close-up shots of the body where only the person's face was blurred. Within these shots, the victims "purple hands" can be seen, and his entire body hanging from a tree.

Paul can be heard calling out to the victim stating "Yo are you alive? Are you f***ing with us?".

Commenters have criticised Paul for behaving inappropriately in the video. His actions, such as circling the body with the camera and zooming in on it while screaming "What the f*** is going on?" have been labelled "despicable" and "disrespectful" by commenters.

People have also taken to social media to condemn Paul's actions.

Paul has since deleted the video from his channel, which had been viewed at least 6.3 million times.