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Jason Russell

Naked Meltdown Blamed on

'Brief Reactive Psychosis'

3/21/2012 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jason Russell
's family has a statement on the "Kony 2012" founder's health ... claiming Russell was diagnosed with "brief reactive psychosis" following his naked meltdown ... and will remain hospitalized for several weeks.

The statement reads, "We would, again, like to make it clear that Jason's incident was in no way the result of drugs or alcohol in his body. The preliminary diagnosis he received is called brief reactive psychosis, an acute state brought on by extreme exhaustion, stress and dehydration."

The statement continues, "Though new to us, the doctors say this is a common experience given the great mental, emotional and physical shock his body has gone through in these last two weeks. Even for us, it's hard to understand the sudden transition from relative anonymity to worldwide attention - both raves and ridicules, in a matter of days." 

TMZ posted the video last week ... showing a naked Russell ranting maniacally and slapping the pavement before cops detained him on a 5150 psychiatric hold last week.

Jason's family insists ... Russell "will get better" ... saying, "He is, and will remain, under hospital care for a number of weeks; and after that, the recovery process could take months before he is fully able to step back into his role with Invisible Children."

"During that time, we will focus not on a speedy recovery, but a thorough one."


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Wouldve been better just to admit it was drug related.

Dont feed us some stupid ass BS!

944 days ago

buzz kill    

It is funny how his family insists it wasn't drugs or alcohol, people could at least blame in on something other than being a totaly mental defective nut job, Who knows when he will go off again. Maybe at his kids school.

944 days ago


Oh Lord, really. Ghandi was I'm sure malnutrition, exhausted, dehydrated & he managed to keep his little fabric on, covering up all his privates lol. I would say maybe I would be down with all this if this was a soldier who had just seen war & the violence. The PTSD that follows. But this guy made a film, right?

944 days ago


Wow, this guy and his family are so full of ****. What a hypocrite. He does this huge campaign against Kony so he’ll have to take responsibility for his crimes and this guy doesn’t even take responsibility for himself. Dehydration my ass. I’ve been dehydrated before and it made me tired, not wanting to run around naked vandalizing cars. I hope Invisible Children gets rid of him because he’s now a huge joke and his Kony campaign is dead.

944 days ago


So this Kony guy hasn't been in that country in several years and only 30% of donations were used to help the cause. I read he even paid himself a $1 million dollar bonus. Now he's probable going to sell the rights to the movie about himself. So basically he's going to end up making more money for jerking off on a public street. Then he'll do all the talk shows saying "I was really crazy back then wasn't I!"

944 days ago


Very cleverly worded press release. They didn'y say he wasn't on drugs, just that drugs aren't what caused his flip-out. Also, this is NOT a common experience. To anyone. Ever.

944 days ago

vern dufford    

There is a thin line between genius and Insanity...he's way over that line!

944 days ago


I will translate: The combination of being a right wing fundamental christian combined with being a closeted homosexual fueled by a drug binge mixed with a preexisting mental disorder made him go CRAZY FABULOUS all over the street!

944 days ago


It's called Crystal Meth, sadly the family is often the last to know...

944 days ago


who is this guy?

944 days ago


no drugs? LOL... LOL...LOL

944 days ago


ok was he not already famous among colleges that promote his Invisible Children video. it was screened not only at my school, but many others across the US. among college kids, his name is known already and I understand you can come under stress and have an episode for all this attention from around the world, but it's not like he was a nobody before this happened. come on man.

944 days ago


are you freaking kidding me? I no longer support Kony 2012 or Invisible Children because of his antics and he should be terminated and step down from his current position. His behavior is unacceptable! He clearly knows people in high places who got him the get out of jail free card.

944 days ago


OMG PULEASE!!! It was certainly caused by drugs, these people are nuts if they think we believe them. He was high as a kite.

944 days ago


are yall blind or just retarded!..its call a curse!he was hexed by that kony on..third world..kony?.put it all together dummies!!!

944 days ago
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