TMZ: Tyler Perry's Nephew Takes His Own Life in Prison and Family Is Suspicious of Foul Play

Tyler Perry's nephew was found dead in his prison cell after an alleged suicide, but his family is suspicious and believes foul play was involved. 

Tyler Perry's 26-year-old nephew, Gavin Porter, was found dead in his prison cell in Louisiana. It turns out, while he was in solitary confinement, he hung himself with a bedsheet which led to his death. 

Tyler Perry did not have an easy early life just like his nephew. 

Tyler Perry speaking at the "Nobody's Fool" premiere in 2018 | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

Tyler Perry speaking at the "Nobody's Fool" premiere in 2018 | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

THE SITUATION BEFORE THE INCIDENT

Porter was placed in solitary confinement after he got into a fight with another inmate over the weekend. On Tuesday at around 6 PM, guards checked on him and everything was normal. However, at around 8 PM, he was already found dead. 

Prison guards told Gavin's family that there was no foul play involved in the death, but they aren't convinced and believe something must have led to his death. He was in prison for killing his biological father in front of his mom back in 2016. For that, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. 

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Ok, let me explain this photo. So I got a star today on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Thank you chamber!! I’m so grateful, but onto this photo. @only1crystalfox spoke and moved me. @kerrywashington spoke, and we both were in tears. Then @idriselba came up to speak, and they all were so powerful. I was so moved. To look out and see all the cast from all the shows that I have created made my heart so full. To be able to give opportunities to so many was just so humbling to me. Anyway, the photogs were asking for photos so at that moment the BEAUTIFUL KERRY WASHINGTON was leaving, and they all started snapping pictures of her!! Look at my face. We had such a good laugh about this. Thank you everyone for your support and love all these years. My Mamma would be so proud.

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TYLER'S NOT-SO-EASY LIFE

Tyler Perry did not have an easy early life just like his nephew. Before he rose to fame and became one of the wealthiest men in Hollywood, he was actually born into poverty and was abused as a young boy. However, he made sure not to give up and used the adversity he experienced to rise above it. 

Thanks to his writing skills, Tyler ultimately made it out of the hole that he was in and created a stellar career out of it.

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We wanted Diahann to hear us in Heaven!!!

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RISING ABOVE THE ADVERSITIES

When he turned 50 in 2019, he made sure to thank his five-year-old self for making it through and making him the person that he is today. 

"I love you, and I am so thankful to God that you survived. Even when I didn't want to, your pureness and innocence ushered me here. Thank you for these 50 years. I love you. We made it."

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Dear 5 year old me, May I just say, “Thank you" to the little boy that I was. Thank you for all you went through to allow me to be the man I am today. I love you, and I am so thankful to God that you survived. Even when I didn’t want to, your pureness and innocence ushered me here. Thank you for these 50 years. I love you. We made it. What would you say to your younger self? This is just one paragraph of many pages that I've written to my younger self over the years. I often tell friends to write a letter to their younger self. I promise you, it will change your life. If you can get through it, you should try it. It can be so healing. Love y’all. Guess you can see I’m still celebrating a very young 50, lol.

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GIVING BACK TO OTHERS

Like how he rose from poverty, Tyler Perry has been trying to do the same for many. He is often seen doing random acts of kindness for complete strangers, offering jobs and paying off loans. While he wasn't able to do the same for his nephew in prison, there is no doubt that this is a loss that stings for the producer. 

Perry has yet to speak out about his nephew's death, as no news has been heard from his camp so far. 

Rest In Peace, Gavin Porter. 

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