Aspiring actor, Jay Bowdy, streamed his suicide in North Hollywood on Facebook Live. He was later identified as a Canyon Country resident, said law enforcement authorities. The actor was just 33 years old.
Craig Harvey, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, stated that Bowdy died of gunshot wound to the head. The Los Angeles Police Department gave a call to the coroner’s office. They said the actor was found in a car parked on Cumpston Street just east of Fulcher Avenue.
Bowdy had alerted his Facebook followers of his plans. This had prompted his family in Texas to contact the LAPD, which tried to take control of the situation. However, police could not track him in time to stop his suicide.
Sean Kurzweil also confirmed that Bowdy really streamed his suicide on Facebook. Kurzweil was the owner of Kurzweil Talent Management, which represented the actor. Bowdy was survived by his wife Whitney and his six children, said Daily News.
“He referenced a cousin who had once molested him and he had not gotten over that,” Kurzweil said. “There were some goodbye messages to his kids and that he just could not handle what was going on anymore.” Kurzweil stated that Bowdy was crying and praying. After the gun jammed thrice, it finally went off. The sound was like water running but that was not the case, said Kurzweil.
Police were about to reach Bowdy, who was in a car. However, he killed himself before officers could make contact with him, Sgt. Tiffany Ljubetic stated. Authorities also stated that days before his suicide, he was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, said LA Times.
Jay Bowdy: As An Actor
During the summer of 2014, Bowdy got an offer to play a role in a short film. He met Fred Tee, who had the idea about Bowdy performing in a short film. Tee talked about utilizing Bowdy’s looks and height to make the film more appealing.
Bowdy was fascinated by the idea. Therefore, since then, he started his journey of becoming an actor. He had completed working in over 15 projects. He was also a finalist in reality shows like The Island on NBC and Big Brother 17 on CBS. During the summer of 2015, Bowdy got the chance to play lead roles in independent feature films such as Prepper and Social Path.
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