Seattle rapper Freddy E took his own life over the weekend, his family confirms. Before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face, the 22-year-old upcoming star tweeted the very motions of his final, desperate act.
Fans believed he was just messing with them or, at best, pulling some kind of twisted media stunt, The Verge reports.
On his Twitter feed, Freddy talked about how hopeless his life had become and how much he was hurting after a bad breakup from fellow rapper Honey Cocaine.
Then, in between tweeting about cruising in his car and hoping to see the light at the end of the tunnel, he announced his plans.
“If there's a God then He's calling me back home. This barrel never felt so good next to my dome. It's cold & I'd rather die than live alone,” Freddy wrote.
“It's... all... bad... y'all. *puts finger around trigger* I love you Mom. I love you Dad. I love you Katherine. God... please forgive me. I'm sorry,” were his final words.
As noted above, fans assumed he was just playing, but his family has already confirmed the tragedy in a statement.
“Today, our son, Frederick Eugene Buhl (@freddy_E), age 22 years old, took his own life with a rifle shot to the head. Our family is saddened beyond words; our loss is great; this tragedy is enormous and unforeseen,” it says.
On her Twitter, Honey Cocaine has also confirmed Freddy’s death but she insists she was not responsible for the depression that overcame him when he decided to end his own life.
If anything, she’d been there for him in tougher times and he always pulled through, she writes, asking fans not to attack her for the tragedy that, she believes, she could have done nothing to prevent.
“Say it's my fault, threaten me, whatever.. I knew him well enough to know he had other things happening.. I was there for him all the time,” Honey Cocaine writes.
However, she admits to saying some “foolish” things because she assumed he was “joking.”
Though he was yet to break into the spotlight as a rapper, Freddy E already had quite a following online, mostly because of his YouTube channel JerkTV, which he used to show off his comedic skills.