The suicide rates among young people in the U.S. are tragic. According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24, and the top three methods used are firearm, suffocation and poisoning.
Once again, this form of death has struck in our community with the suicide of 22-year-old Hip-Hop artist Freddy E out of Seattle, Washington. According to MTV News, he was found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Born Frederick Eugene Buhl, he took to Twitter saying:
“Annnd, my day is ruined,” he wrote on the site, giving way to a series of other tragic messages. ”If there’s a God then He’s calling me back home. This barrel never felt so good next to my dome. It’s cold & I’d rather die than live alone,” he tweeted. “It’s… all… bad… y’all. *puts finger around trigger*”
His death immediately brought controversy from a link between himself and Toronto rapper Honey Cocaine, signed to Tyga. Some have accused her of being the reason behind his suicide saying that she caused his “heartbreak,” to which she responded:
“To say I caused what happened is ignorance.. You know nothing about our friendship or the story, hate me if you feel.. We loved eachother.. We were homies. We had a bond and a connection. For people to attack me acting like I made him do it is a shame,” she wrote on Sunday. “I said some foolish things cause I thought he was joking, he does shit like that to me all the time. This is crazy..”
The suicide is not the first in the Hip-Hop community within the last month. There was also an apparent suicide commited by Capital STEEZ, 19, of Brooklyn, New York, on Christmas Eve. His group, Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew just released their latest mixtape PEEP: The aPROcalypse. He also tweeted his last words at 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday before Christmas Eve, ”The end,” which lead many to believe he had committed suicide.
Read more here on the report of these two unfortunate incidents. R.I.P.