Josh Gracin, American Idol Alum, Checks Into Facility After Apparent Suicide Note

Celebrity News Aug. 16, 2014 AT 5:35PM
American Idol alum Josh Gracin American Idol alum Josh Gracin has checked into a facility after posting a Facebook message many interpreted as a possible suicide note on Friday, Aug. 15 Credit: Matt Stroshane/Getty Images

American Idol alum Josh Gracin has voluntarily checked himself into a facility to receive help, his manager Amy posted to his official Facebook page on Friday, Aug. 15. Hours earlier, the country singer was said to be "safe and with his family" after posting a cryptic message online interpreted to be a possible suicide note.

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"As many of you know, Josh Gracin has been battling depression and as a result found himself in a personal crisis yesterday. Thanks to the outpouring of concern from family, friends, fans and the police, Josh was admitted to the hospital for observation," the updated statement read.

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"With family by his side, Josh has since been discharged from the hospital and has voluntarily checked himself into an inpatient facility to seek the help he needs."

Gracin, 33, also gave his own statement. "I want to thank you all for your prayers and support. I take responsibility for my actions and apologize dearly for what I have put my family through. With the help of my family and friends, I am getting help," he said. "Again, thank you for your love and I will see you very soon." 

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Gracin finished fourth on American Idol's second season back in 2003, in which Ruben Studdard was crowned the winner. After his elimination, he completed his service in the Marine Corps, signed with Lyric Street Records and released three studio albums.

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If you or someone you know is struggling, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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