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Updated: Josh Gracin found safe after posting apparent suicide note on social media

Josh Gracin performs during the International Entertainment Buyers Association Conference on October 3, 2011 in Nashville. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images of IEBA) Photo: Image by Getty Images of IEBA

Updated: Josh Gracin found safe after posting apparent suicide note on social media

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Aug 15, 2014

UPDATE: Josh Gracin released the follwoing statement on Friday.


Original story:

Country singer Josh Gracin has been found safe by police and is reportedly being held on a psychiatric hold at a Tennessee hospital after posting an apparent suicide note on his Facebook account, according to multiple news sources.

The note, which has since been removed, seemed to show the singer criticizing his wife.
"I've loved her for 17 years,” he reportedly wrote. “I made mistakes ... I admitted them, told her the truth and she turned her back on me when I needed her help the most."
Gracin then addressed his fans, writing, “I love you all. You have given me the greatest gift. You allowed me to touch your hearts with what I loved to do the most. Please remember me as someone who gave his all in his music ... Pray for my family as they carry on in this world without me. Goodbye."
For a time on Thursday, it appeared Gracin could not be found after posting the note, which frightened many of his fans.
TMZ reports, “Cops responded to the former Marine's home in Spring Hill, Tennessee -- where he lives with his wife and four kids -- for a welfare check after a family member saw an ominous Facebook post.”
“Cops rushed to his house -- his wife was there but he wasn’t,” TMZ reports. “Law enforcement sources tell us police got in touch with him by phone, put him on with his wife, and he told her he was coming home.”
In an update Thursday night, TMZ reports that police intercepted Gracin on his way home. “Cops tell us Gracin is being held on a 5150 psychiatric hold. We're told he drove himself to a hospital, with a police escort, after they pulled him over,” TMZ reports. “He's been cooperative, has spoken to his family ... and is being evaluated by doctors now.”
A Michigan native, Gracin rose to fame as a finalist on the second season of “American Idol” in 2003, which led to a record deal with Disney’s Lyric Street Records. He charted 11 singles between 2004 and 2010, the last after he moved to independent label Average Joe’s. His first three singles were all top 5 hits including the No. 1 “Nothin’ To Lose.” He scored another top 10 hit with “We Weren’t Crazy” in 2007.
Someone claiming to be Josh’s manager posted this on his Facebook and Twitter accounts Thursday evening.

A least one concert date has been cancelled.

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.