Hip-hop star August Alsina shocked his fans this week when he posted a picture of himself hanging from a noose with the caption: "Rest in peace Aug. Forever missed #holdyoudownforlife."
Alsina posted the picture on Instagram on May 21, which he has since taken down.
According to BET, the picture may be from the music video for Alsina's tune "FM," which is about suicidal thoughts.
The Instagram picture got thousands of comments. One person begged him to answer his phone while the gossip site TMZ asked the rapper to explain the picture.
TheUrbanDaily.com reports the tide turned strongly against Alsina on Twitter:
August Alsina is garbage anyway... his career is damn near hung already.
August Alsina hung himself and killed his career. What a damn loser.
August Alsina a weirdo for posting that pic on IG of him hanging himself.
Black man hanging on a noose is not something to use for a video.
However, Alsina's fans were cheering him on today on Twitter, even suggesting that he was some sort of victim.