Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.; Unconfirmed rumors of suicide attempt, speculation; Update: WLS radio says rumors not confirmed fact; Update: Senior aide says ‘absolutely not true’!/JeffQuinton/status/222771252853604352

As Twitchy reported last week, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s leave of absence was due to a medical condition that was more serious than first thought or reported, according to his office.

Today, there are unconfirmed rumors from Twitter users indicating that a Chicago radio station is saying that the congressman may have tried to take his own life.

Listening to WLS-AM; rumors flying Jesse Jackson Jr may have tried to take his own life. Rumors r coming from "high level sources" in DC

— PoliticalWoman (@political_woman) July 10, 2012

terrible if true. RT @warnerthuston: BREAKING WLS: Hill sources saying likely Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. tried to commit suicide.

— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) July 10, 2012

Twitchy will monitor this sad news and update as reports come in.

Don't know what's happening with Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. but my prayers are with him. Get well soon @RepJJJr.

— Kimberly C (@conkc2) July 10, 2012

If reports of Jesse Jackson Jr. attempted suicide are true, prayers for him and his.

— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) July 10, 2012

@michellemalkin @TwitchyPolitics I hope he recovers and realizes life is worth living.

— Greg Helton (@G_Helton) July 10, 2012

Update: No confirmation, speculation abounds.

Rumors are swirling that Rep Jesse Jackson Jr may have tried to commit suicide. His office needs to release info on his health

— Kevin B Snyder (@Kevinbsnyder) July 10, 2012

RT @timkmak: WLS is not reporting Jesse Jackson Jr's tried to commit suicide. They are saying there's a lot of speculation and rumors.

— Jim Antle (@jimantle) July 10, 2012

Update: Nothing has been confirmed yet on the Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr suicide story/tweets.

— Michael Rusch (@weeddude) July 10, 2012

@michaelroston It was reported by WLS radio in Chicago

— Nicole Sandler (@nicolesandler) July 10, 2012

The concerns that remain and the questions still unanswered are only fueling the rumors and speculation.

Rep. Jackson's Absence Still a Mystery

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 10, 2012


WLS radio in Chicago attributing reports of a Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr suicide attempt to unnamed sources. Stay tuned.

— Corey Dade (@CoreyDade) July 10, 2012

Of note: WLS radio show hosts admitting talk of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. attempting suicide is RUMOR, not fact.

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) July 10, 2012


Despite rumors Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. attempted suicide, a senior aide close to him tells me that is "absolutely NOT true."

— John R Parkinson (@jparkABC) July 10, 2012

Updated Jesse Jackson Jr. story with @JParkABC – Jackson not expected back until after Labor Day in all likelihood

— Matthew Jaffe (@matthewbjaffe) July 10, 2012

More from ABC News:

CHICAGO — Jesse Jackson Jr. will likely not return to Congress until after Labor Day, a source told ABC News.

The source also denied a rumor reported on a Chicago radio station that his mysterious absence was due to a suicide attempt. He claimed to have spoken to Jackson as recently as “the last few days,” and said that although he continues treatment at an inpatient facility, the congressman is not facing any life-threatening ailments.

The source, who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity, declined to provide any details on where Jackson is seeking treatment, but said that he is genuinely suffering from “exhaustion.”

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