A day after a 14-year-old Florida girl took her life on Facebook Live, an aspiring actor from Texas broadcast his suicide on Facebook’s livestream.
Frederick Jay Bowdy went live as he sat in his car. He cried and told his FB friends that he was going to kill himself.
An out-of-state relative alerted the police, but before they arrived, Jay pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head.
Many watching the livestream were in shock and some questioned whether or not it was a hoax considering he’s an actor. Unfortunately, it was the real deal. Frederick was just 33-years-old.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Frederick Jay Bowdy was arrested last week on suspicion of sexual assault.
Bowdy was arrested Thursday morning in Santa Clarita on suspicion of sexual assault. He was released Friday after posting $100,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Janice Banks.
Bowdy was a recent transplant to Southern California from Texas, where he had worked as a teacher and coach in the Fort Worth area. He also owned a semi-professional basketball team in Fort Worth.
According to a biography issued by the team, Bowdy graduated from the University of West Georgia before earning a master’s degree in education from University of Texas in Arlington.
Bowdy appeared to be building an acting career, landing roles in the 2016 film “Prepper.” He also worked at the Hollywood Men, an exotic dance revue in Hollywood, and performed under the name “Houston.”
In a video posted to his official Facebook page, he discussed some of the challenges he faced growing up. He raised two children while attending college and later fathered four more kids, he said.
He showed promise as a basketball player but said he was sidelined by injuries that prevented him from accepting an opportunity to play in Egypt. When he was offered a role in a short film, he became more interested in acting, he explained.
“I love doing something I feel like I can be successful at,” he said.
Very very sad.