An American YouTuber has apologised after posting a video that appeared to show the body of a suicide victim, claiming he was "misguided by shock and awe."
The video uploaded by Logan Paul, which had millions of views on YouTube before it was taken down, showed the vlogger and his friends discovering a dead body in Aokigahara Forest - known to be a frequent site of suicides.
In a tweet, Paul, who has more than 15 million subscribers on YouTube, said his intention was to "raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention."
He wrote: "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."
The 22-year-old also said he "didn't do it for views" and added "I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity. That's never the intention.
"I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought 'if this video saves just ONE life, it'll be worth it', I was misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed in the video. I still am."
Comments posted online have slammed the video as "sickening" and celebrities including Sophie Turner and Aaron Paul have taken to Twitter to lash out at Paul.
The Game Of Thrones actress called the YouTuber "an idiot" while Paul, who starred in TV crime drama Breaking Bad, told Logan to "rot in hell."
Turner wrote on Twitter: "@LoganPaul You're an idiot. You're not raising awareness. You're mocking. I can't believe how self-praising your 'apology' is. You don't deserve the success (views) you have. I pray to God you never have to experience anything like that man did."
Paul added: "How dare you! You disgust me. I can't believe that so many young people look up to you. So sad. Hopefully this latest video woke them up. You are pure trash. Plain and simple. Suicide is not a joke. Go rot in hell."