Country singer, former ‘Idol’ finalist Josh Gracin posts suicide note online
TORONTO — Country singer and former American Idol finalist Josh Gracin is reportedly being held for psychiatric evaluation after posting what appeared to a suicide note on Facebook.
“I love you all. You have given me the greatest gift,” he wrote. “You allowed me to touch your hearts… Please remember me as someone who gave his all in his music…
“Pray for my family as they carry on in this world without me. Goodbye.”
The message, which has since been removed, began with references to his wife Ann Marie. “I’ve loved her for 17 years… I made mistakes… I admitted them, told her the truth and she turned her back on me when I needed her help the most,” he wrote.
Police rushed to Gracin’s home in Spring Hill, TN, where the 33-year-old lives with his wife and their four children. He was not there but officers were able to contact him and pulled his car over as he was on his way home.
Gracin’s manager posted a message late Thursday confirming that the singer “is safe and with his family now.”
She asked fans to “continue sending your well wishes.”
Gracin’s concert in Charleston, West Virginia on Saturday has been cancelled.
Gracin, a former U.S. Marine, finished fourth on Season 2 of American Idol in 2003. He went on to release several country albums.
American Idol Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino was hospitalized in 2010 after overdosing on prescription medication in a failed suicide attempt. Former Season 2 Idol competitor Corey Clark admitted he attempted suicide in 2006.
Paula Goodspeed, who made it to the audition round in 2006, died of an intentional drug overdose in 2008 near the home of then-judge Paula Abdul.
Idol contestant Alexis Cohen died in 2009 in a hit-and-run accident and earlier this month, Season 7 finalist Michael Johns died of a suspected blood clot.
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