A 33-year-old actor committed suicide on Facebook Live a few days after being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.
Frederick Jay Bowdy had been arrested Thursday morning in Santa Clarita on suspicion of sexual assault. He was released Friday after posting $100,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, but had not yet been charged with a crime.
According to CBS Los Angeles, Bowdy recently moved from Texas, where he worked as a teacher and a coach in the Fort Worth area, to southern California. Bowdy had some television shows to his credit, like “Prepper” and “Murder Book.”
Bowdy, whose stage name is Jay Bowdy, told his Facebook followers who were watching him on live-stream that he was going to kill himself.
According to LAPD Sergeant, Tiffany Lubetic, “An out-of-state family member called the LAPD at around 5:30 am on Monday.”
Police tried to reach Bowdy, who was in a car near Cumpston Street and Fulcher Avenue, but he killed himself before officers could make contact with him.
Users on Facebook who actually viewed the live stream didn’t know if it was a hoax or not, considering that Bowdy was an actor. The video was removed by Facebook.
LAPD Lt. Larry Dietz confirmed Bowdy’s death appeared to be a suicide and the Los Angeles County coroner’s office was expected to rule on the cause of death this week.
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