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Terrible news for actor Jay Bowdy‘s family and fans.

On Monday, the actor tragically committed suicide in a Facebook Live video. There’s no word yet on what actually pushed Bowdy to take his own life, but in a letter to her late friend, a woman named Ruthlyn announced the news: “I feel like I have failed you as a friend and for that I am truly sorry. In the time we spent together, there were some true heart to hearts.”

According to the LA Times, Bowdy “told followers watching via livestream that he was going to commit suicide, prompting an out-of-state family member to call the Los Angeles Police Department about 5:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Tiffany Ljubetic. Police tried to reach Bowdy, who was in a car near Cumpston Street and Fulcher Avenue, but he killed himself before officers made contact with him, Ljubetic said.”

Further investigation by the LA Times revealed the 33 year old who had recently moved to Southern California had been arrested in Santa Clarita on suspicion of sexual assault last Thursday and was released Friday after posting $100,000 bail, although “he had not been charged with a crime.”


At the end of his Facebook Live video, Bowdy went on to explain that he had his first child when he was 18 years old and got married when he was 25 years old. He and his wife welcomed four children together and he also had two kids from a previous relationship.

Keep Jay Bowdy’s wife and children in your prayers.

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