News

Josh Gracin undergoes psychiatric evaluation

Josh Gracin undergoes psychiatric evaluation

JOSH GRACIN: In the hospital, for a mental health evaluation. Photo: Associated Press

Country singer Josh Gracin has been admitted to hospital on a psychiatric hold after posting an apparent suicide note online.

The former “American Idol” finalist sparked fears for his safety when he wrote a cryptic message on Facebook on Thursday in which he hinted about taking his own life.

Police were called in to find the star, and officers intercepted him in his car.

According to editors at TMZ.com, Gracin drove himself to hospital with a police escort and was admitted on a 5150 psychiatric hold to be evaluated by doctors.

Gracin’s manager Amy reached out to fans on Facebook, writing, “Josh is safe and with his family now. We ask that you please respect their privacy during this time and continue sending your well wishes. I promise to update you soon.”

The singer’s scheduled performance at the Live on the Levee show in Charleston, West Virginia on Friday has been canceled, and fellow country star Trent Tomlinson will replace him.

Portland Weather

condition Condition: Partly Cloudy
Temperature: 63°
High: 78° - Low: 63°

Latest Headlines

in Music

Oak Ridge Boys star finally weds

Fresh
oakridgeboys

It's been a marriage decades in the making.

in Entertainment

Why Bill Murray is in the new ‘Ghostbusters’ movie

Fresh
24-overlay

After spending a quarter of a century not agreeing to be in "Ghostbusters 3" as Peter Venkman, Bill Murray recently signed on to Paul Feig’s reboot of the franchise.

in Entertainment, Sports

Will Smith to take on NFL coverup

Fresh
21-overlay

"Concussion" is based on Dr. Bennet Omalu, who was the first to discover the existence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (or CTE): a disease of the brain found in athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma.