Renowned filmmaker Tyler Perry has revealed that his 26-year-old nephew, Gavin Porter, has died in prison of an alleged suicide.
According to a statement by Perry, his nephew had been serving time after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his biological father.
“A few years ago my nephew committed a heinous crime – he shot his biological father and killed him just feet away from my sister over a senseless argument. The murder shook our entire family to its core . . .,” Tyler wrote before revealing the news of his death.
“Three days ago, I got the horrible news that he allegedly committed suicide in prison. I say allegedly because, unfortunately, our criminal justice system and prisons have been notorious for cover ups and or getting it wrong,” he explained.
Perry also revealed that he has ordered a second autopsy on his nephew after initial results indicated that he died by suicide.
“With that in mind I have hired Dr Michael Baden to do a second autopsy, and we are expecting the results soon. I want to be clear that we are not a family of conspiracy theorists, and we want to believe that there was no foul play, just as the sheriff has stated publicly,” he wrote.
According to TMZ, Porter was in solitary confinement at a prison facility near Louisiana after getting into a fight with another inmate over the weekend. He was alive two hours earlier when guards checked on him and found nothing alarming. When guards came back to Porter’s cell at 8pm the same night, they discovered him dead and hanging from a bed sheet.
In his statement, Tyler expressed how he’d hoped to work with his nephew once he’d finished his sentence.
“Call me naive, but it was my hope that after serving his time, really reflecting, showing much remorse, and asking God for forgiveness, that he would have been able to come work for me. Where he would join all the other former inmates that work for me and turn his life around, just as they have. But that day will never come.”
See Tyler Perry’s full statement below.