‘We Are Not a Family Of Conspiracy Theorists’: Tyler Perry Speaks and Orders an Investigation Into the Alleged Suicide of Nephew
Tyler Perry said he and his family were shocked more than anyone when they got word that his nephew had died in prison allegedly by suicide. However something about that just doesn’t sit right his his family.
Perry’s 26-year-old nephew, Gavin Porter, was found dead in his Louisiana jail cell on Tuesday, reports TMZ.
Perry explains in a lengthy Facebook message that his nephew committed a heinous crime and now he and his family have hired help to loo into the case further after they were notified that he died unexpectedly. Perry explained that his nephew was no angel and shot and killed his father at point blank range and killed him. He expected him to however serve his 20 years and perhaps come work for him one day after rehabilitation.
Porter was reportedly in solitary confinement after getting into a fight with another inmate over the weekend, and was alive two hours earlier when guards checked on him and found nothing alarming. When guards came back to Porter’s cell at 8 p.m. the same night, they discovered him dead by hanging.
Here’s what he had to say:
“A few years ago my nephew committed a heinous crime – he shot his biological father and killed him just feet away from my sister over a senseless argument. The murder shook our entire family to its core.
Despite his horrible act, before he went to prison I went to see him in the local jail. I assured him that we all still loved him, but it was important to all of us, including his mother, that he was punished for this horrific crime that he had committed. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Call me naive, but it was my hope that after serving his time, really reflecting, showing much remorse, and asking God for forgiveness, that he would have been able to come work for me. Where he would join all the other former inmates that work for me and turn his life around, just as they have. But that day will never come.
Three days ago, I got the horrible news that he allegedly committed suicide in prison. I say allegedly because, unfortunately, our criminal justice system and prisons have been notorious for cover ups and or getting it wrong.
With that in mind I have hired Dr. Michael Baden to do a second autopsy, and we are expecting the results soon.
I want to be clear that we are not a family of conspiracy theorists, and we want to believe that there was no foul play, just as the sheriff has stated publicly.
On behalf of me and my sister we thank you for all the thoughts and prayers, and we will have no further comments at this time.”