Tyler Perry has hired a private medical examiner to do a second autopsy after it was announced earlier this week that his nephew committed suicide while in prison.
The “Madea” star shared the news with his millions of fans on Instagram by penning an emotional statement about his actions. It was reported earlier this week that Perry’s nephew, Gavin Porter hanged himself while in solitary confinement but Tyler does not fully trust the findings of prison officials.
His Emotional Statement
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Perry posted a screenshot of a typed statement that described how he feels and why he decided to take action.
“A few years ago my nephew committed a heinous crime – he shot his biological father and killed him just feet away from my sister over a senseless argument. The murder shook our entire family to its core,” Perry explained.
“Despite his horrible act, before he went to prison I went to see him in the local jail. I assured him that we all still loved him, but it was important to all of us, including his mother, that he was punished for the horrific crime that he had committed,” he continued. “He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.”
” Call me naive, but it was my hope that after serving his time, really reflecting, showing much remorse, and asking God for forgiveness, that he would have been able to come work for me. Where he would join all the other former inmates that work for me and turn his life around, just as they have. But that day will never come.”
Why He Hired A Private Doctor
Perry continued his statement and explained that the justice system has a bad reputation and that he wants to make sure everyone is telling the truth in regards to his nephew’s act.
“Three days ago, I got the horrible news that he allegedly committed suicide in prison. I say allegedly because, unfortunately, our criminal justice system and prisons have been notorious for cover ups and/or getting it wrong.”
“With that in mind I have hired Dr. Michael Baden to do a second autopsy, and we are expecting the results soon.”
“I want to be clear that we are not a family of conspiracy theorists, and we want to believe that there was no foul play, just as the sheriff has stated publicly.”
“On behalf of me and my sister we thank you for all the thoughts and prayer, and we will have no further comments at this time.”