An aspiring actor killed himself in a car on a Los Angeles street early Monday shortly after threatening suicide in a Facebook livestream, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
Frederick Jay Bowdy, 33, shot himself in the head about an hour after concerned family members contacted the Los Angeles Police Department around 5:30 a.m. saying he was distraught and threatening to take his own life, law enforcement sources said.
Officers were able to track Bowdy down to a car parked on a street near the North Hollywood Arts District.
“The gentleman may have shot himself as officers were approaching the vehicle,” Craig Harvey, a spokesman with the Los Angeles County Coroner, told the Daily News. “It’s being investigated as a possible suicide.”
Bowdy was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:33 a.m., Harvey said.
One Facebook user who saw the livestream said in a comment that it made him cry.
An Instagram user said she saw it as well and urged others to “always be a shoulder” for people in need.
Facebook has removed the video from Bowdy’s profile.
n prior videos posted on his profile, Bowdy discussed his acting career and being a father of six kids. He also talked about overcoming the knee injuries that short-circuited his dreams of a becoming a professional basketball player.
A law enforcement source said Bowdy had a recent prior arrest for a “domestic disturbance” in Santa Clarita, Calif.
According to the Los Angeles Times, he was arrested last Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault. He was released Friday on $100,000 bail. He was not formally charged.
Originally from Texas, Bowdy scored a handful of film and TV roles. He was the lead actor in 2016’s “Prepper,” an independent movie about a suburban high school teacher dealing with societal collapse.
He played basketball in college and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Texas in Arlington, according to his acting profile on IMDB.com.
He also worked at The Hollywood Men, an exotic dance revue in Los Angeles, performing under the name “Houston.”
“The Hollywood Men family lost a true friend yesterday morning. Our beloved Houston lost a battle to his demons and is now with us no more,” the group said in a statement.
Source: New York Daily News