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This is way more than a cry for help.
Paris Jackson, the daughter of the late Michael Jackson, was rushed to the hospital Wednesday morning after an apparent suicide attempt.
Paris’ biological mother, Debbie Rowe, confirmed the news to Entertainment Tonight, explaining that her daughter had “cuts on her wrist.” TMZ reports that a 911 call was placed from the Jackson home around 1:30 am.
"Paris is physically fine and getting appropriate medical attention," Sandra Ribera, attorney for Paris' legal co-guardian Katherine Jackson, said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. "Being a sensitive 15-year-old is difficult no matter who you are. It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you," she added. "Please respect her privacy and the family's privacy."
The suicide attempt comes weeks before the four-year anniversary of Michael’s tragic death on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50. “She has major depression issues, a lot of it stemming from her dad’s death,” a source tells US Weekly.
Not only has Paris been struggling with her father’s sudden passing, but she was also in the middle of a long custody battle along with her brothers, Prince Michael, 16, and Prince Michael II, 11, in 2012.
Paris has always been outspoken about these difficult issues via Twitter -- she even posted a string of tweets moments before the June 5 incident.
i wonder why tears are salty ?— Paris Jacksoη (@ParisJackson) June 5, 2013
yesterday , all my troubles seemed so far awaynow it looks as though they're here to stay— Paris Jacksoη (@ParisJackson) June 5, 2013
We know Paris has been through way more than any 15-year-old should, but is social media actually contributing to her problems? Twitter is a great way for people to express their thoughts and emotions, but when living in the public eye, the unfiltered, worldwide sharing can be more harmful than helpful. It opens her up to media scrutiny, which can be devastating to anyone's self-esteem, let alone that of a young girl. And don't forget: Twitter is a two-way street, which can open doors to thousands of hurtful comments by other users.
Whatever the cause of this tragic event, we hope Paris has a speedy recovery and gets the help she needs.