WLS-AM Chicago radio host Richard Roeper and Roe Conn first reported that Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. tried to commit suicide, according to unnamed sources.
In recent weeks, Jackson has fallen mysteriously ill, which had many speculating on the state of his health.
With all the rumors spreading, the Rev. Jesse Jackson told an NBC affiliate his son is doing just fine, while one of Jackson Jr.'s senior aides said the suicide reports are "absolutely not true."
Jackson told NBC:
"I speak as a father. During this pain, as he comes out of his crisis, we will be with him. And we hope that he'll be fully restored to his health. Right now, he's going through a tremendous challenge."
Rep. Jackson's office first indicated on June 25 that he was taking a "medical leave of absence" and that he had been gone since June 10. The reason initially given was "exhaustion," but since then, his staff said that he checked into an inpatient medical facility at an undisclosed location and that his condition is more serious than originally thought.
Rev. Jackson said Tuesday that his son is, "slowly regaining his strength…taking his time and recovering. It was worse than we thought at first. So he's under real medical supervision…At some appropriate time, there will be a fuller disclosure."
Whatever the case may be, we are praying for Rep. Jackson through this harrowing time.