Just days after a report of a Miami teen streaming her suicide on Facebook Live, the L.A. Times is reporting that an aspiring actor committed suicide on Facebook Live Monday after being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.
The man, 33-year-old Frederick Jay Bowdy, was an aspiring actor who recently moved from Texas to California, where he was a teacher and a basketball coach. His iMDb page includes a recent role in a 2016 film, Prepper.
The LAPD was alerted to Bowdy's livestream after an out-of-town family member called the police around 5:30 a.m. Some reportedly thought Bowdy's livestream about committing suicide was a hoax because he was an actor, but Facebook ended up removing the video. Bowdy killed himself before police could get to him.
On Thursday of last week, Bowdy was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, and was released after posting $100,000 bail. There's no indication at this time if this was the reason why he committed suicide.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.