Gavin Porter, cousin of filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry has died from an apparent suicide.
As reported by TMZ, Perry’s cousin was found dead in his prison cell on Tuesday night at the facility near St. Helena Parish in Louisiana, U.S. The 26-year-old hung himself.
The sad news was passed to Gavin’s immediate family members, which includes Perry’s sister (who is Gavin’s mum). The young man committed the act with a bedsheet while in solitary confinement.
According to sources who spoke to TMZ, Gavin had been involved in a fight with another inmate over the weekend and was placed in solitary as a result. As at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the guards had checked in on him and found nothing to worry about.
The prison guards returned at 8 p.m. on Tuesday to discover Gavin dead. His family has been told that there was no foul play but they are reportedly not buying the story.
Gavin was apprehended for shooting and killing his biological father in 2016 (his mother had witnessed the horrifying moment) after they had argued. He had pleaded no contest to manslaughter was given a 20-year jail term.