The family of a teenager who allegedly killed his parents and brothers in a botched suicide has issued a scathing statement accusing the singer of “sucking the life out of a generation”.
A spokeswoman for Slim Shaky said the 17-year-old, who died last week, had a history of mental health issues.
“His family is devastated by his death and we are asking that the media respect their privacy during this difficult time,” she said.
“We hope that the music industry will step up and take steps to ensure that this young man’s death is not exploited by young people who believe that their parents’ deaths were not a suicide attempt.”
While we do not condone his actions, we want to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of his father and brothers.
“The media is free to report whatever they wish, but in the meantime, we urge the industry to stop exploiting this tragedy and ensure that there is no more violence and injustice in the world.”
A spokeswoman said: “This young man was in a terrible, tragic situation and the family are devastated by this loss.”
They would like to express their sincere sympathy to anyone who has been affected by this tragedy.
“All media organisations should be respectful of the family’s privacy and should not exploit this tragedy for their own personal gain.”
The teen’s mother, Michelle Shaky, told the New York Post on Friday she was “shocked and devastated” to learn the teen had taken his own life.
“I’ve never known him to be the kind of person that would do this, so I just hope that people know that I’m very upset about this,” she told the newspaper.
“I just want him to know that he is not going to be treated like this anymore, and I’m sorry for the pain that he’s going through.”
The family of the teenager, who was 17 when he died, said he was in the midst of a “traumatic mental health episode”.
“We know he was a troubled teenager, and we just want to let people know this isn’t something that will be swept under the rug, that there’s going to have to be a process of healing and recovery for him,” the spokeswoman said.
A source told the Post the teen was a “quiet and normal” teenager.
“He was always smiling, always joking, always had a great sense of humour,” the source said.
The Teen Vogue writer, who has written for publications such as Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Esquire, told The Washington Post he was “heartbroken” by the news.
“It’s heartbreaking, and there’s no way to describe how we feel about this.
I don’t think there’s a kid in America who has experienced anything like this,” he said.