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Famous Deaf Actress

Fan Facing Criminal Charges

Over Suicide Threat

4/3/2014 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A fan who contacted Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin and publicly threatened to kill herself is now in the crosshairs of cops ... because cops say the phantom has committed the crime of public nuisance.

The fan -- who claimed she was a quadriplegic named Raena Patatta -- tweeted at Marlee Wednesday, writing, "I've decided to end my life today. It's been a struggle, but I've had enough. This will end my pain and paralysis. Sorry @MarleeMatlin :("

Marlee immediately contacted police in Nova Scotia -- where Raena said she lives -- and the Halifax PD scrambled to find her.

A rep for the department tells TMZ, police have determined the Twitter user who made the threat does NOT live in Nova Scotia, leading them to believe it's all a hoax.

Cops have yet to locate the person behind the tweets, but when they do, we're told the person could face the charge of public mischief -- which, in Canada, is punishable by 5 years in jail.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Dash    

I looked up this person.. They said they're 18.. Crap it could be a old man

147 days ago
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Brian    

Are they going to be tougher against this person than they are against people who do a lot more to stars like Taylor Swift? You must stay 100 yards away from her. Sounds like this person could go to jail if they're found. Over tweets?

147 days ago
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zombie    

Twitter needs to DIAF!

147 days ago
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James R. - Los Angeles    

"Famous Deaf Actress"??? WTF??? You couldn't just post "Actress"???

147 days ago
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Chris    

What a waste of time for all concerned, including this article.

147 days ago
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Jennifer    

How rude to call her "famous deaf actress" than by her name!!!! Sunk to a new low, TMZ! A lot of us know who she is by name. Disgusting!

147 days ago
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namers    

5 years for a public mischief in CA? I hear the Beebs is there...keep him!

147 days ago
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WildeaboutAusten    

Wooow, TMZ. A new low. "Famous Deaf Actress" but you'll name drop a Kardashian/Jenner pretty fast!! What a shame that I've witnessed a decline in common sense in your articles. Horrible title. Horrible.

147 days ago
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Lo From Wisco    

I'm pretty sure people know who Marlee Matlin is. "Famous Deaf Actress?" Really, TMZ??

147 days ago
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james    

am i the only one wondering how a quadriplegic would kill herself?

147 days ago
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JLCollins    

Wow, I live in Halifax. I was reading the twitter for hfxpolice this morning and this was on there but I didn't know what they were talking about. Crazy.

147 days ago
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betseymcqueen    

Next title will be "Midget Henry Winkler wins Oscar. " does a single person on your staff posses common decency? How about common sense? No? Not a single one? The next step, you'll just do away with all politically correct speech and call everyone the N word. Nice, kmz.

147 days ago
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DiM    

Even if this message was a "hoax" and they are not serious, the action itself might indicate mental illness so I hope that is considered during sentencing. 5 years in jail is a waste in Cnd. tax dollars and doesn't prove much.

147 days ago
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DiM    

Even if this person didn't really mean this, the action may indicate mental illness so I hope they consider this during sentencing. 5 Years in jail won't help the person or society.

147 days ago
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J    

The " famous deaf actress" has a name. Losers.

147 days ago
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