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Actor Commits Suicide On Facebook Live

| by Jordan Smith

An aspiring Hollywood actor committed suicide on Facebook Live in the early hours of Jan. 23.

Frederick Jay Bowdy, 33, recently moved to California after working as a teacher and coach in Texas, the Los Angeles Times reported.

He starred in the 2016 film "Preppers."

Bowdy said in the Facebook Live video that he was going to take his own life, resulting in an out-of-state relative contacting the police. By the time officers reached Bowdy in his car, the actor had killed himself.

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The cause of death still needs to be confirmed by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

"The gentleman may have shot himself as officers were approaching the vehicle," added Craig Harvey, a spokesman from the Los Angeles County Coroner, according to the New York Daily News. "It's being investigated as a possible suicide."

One Instagram user who saw the video said it showed the need for people to "always be a shoulder" for those in need. A Facebook user stated the live stream made him cry.

Some users initially expressed doubt about the authenticity of the footage because Bowdy was an actor.

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The suicide occurred just four days after Bowdy was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. He was released Jan. 20 after paying a $100,000 bond, but was not formally charged.

Bowdy spoke about the challenges he had faced in a Facebook video posted just prior to his death. He raised two children while attending college and later fathered four more.

A series of knee injuries prevented him from becoming a professional basketball player.

He got into acting after being offered a part in a short film.

"I love doing something I feel like I can be successful at," Bowdy said in the video, according to the Times.

As well as acting, Bowdy worked at Hollywood Men, an exotic dancers' club.

The video showing Bowdy's suicide has been removed by Facebook.

Sources: Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News / Photo credit: IMDB via theGrio

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