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Taraji P. Henson admits she battled suicidal thoughts at the height of the coronavirus lockdown and considered shooting herself in the head.

Speaking on her Facebook Watch show "Peace of Mind with Taraji" on Wednesday, Dec. 23, the Empire star told Dr. LaShonda Green about her situational depression.

"During this pandemic, it's been hard on all of us and I had a moment. I had a dark moment. I was in a dark place," she confessed. "For a couple of days, I couldn't get out of bed, I didn't care. That's not me.

"Then I started having thoughts about ending it. It happened two nights in a row and I purchased a gun not too long ago; it's in a safe, and I started like, 'I could go in there right now and end it all, because I want it to be over'.

"I thought about my son, he's grown, he'll get over it. I didn't care. I felt myself withdrawing. People were calling me, I wasn’t responding, I didn’t care."

But Taraji overcame her suicidal ideations by confiding in a dear friend.

"I felt like, if I don't say it, it becomes a plan," she added. "What scared me is I did it two nights in a row. First, it was like, 'I don't wanna be here'. Then I started thinking about going to get the gun and that’s why when I woke up the next morning, I blurted it out."

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Taraji is among the Hollywood stars whose careers and incomes have taken a hit due to the lockdowns. She also recently broke up with her fiancé, NFL player Kelvin Hayden, whom she began dating in 2018.

Adding to her woes, a planned Empire spin-off series featuring her character Cookie Lyon was shelved. She has also been very open about her mental health issues.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or in a crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Trained counselors are waiting to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Dalton Harris' fans were concerned after The X Factor winner took to Twitter to say he was going through a rough time and contemplating suicide.

On Oct. 14, Harris tweeted that he was on a dark road of despair after breaking up with his lover.

"I had a deep realization last night," tweeted Harris. "The only reason I didn't take my life today is because I spoke with GOD and I decided to make the biggest change [I] will ever make in my life. I want to live my life not running away from pain inflicted on me or the pain I inflict on anyone."

He continued: "I want to be happy and truly smile. I ended a relationship that was the best thing that happened to me and that taught me so many things. Taught me that I am valuable and that I matter and deserve love. Thank you Ayose. I will love you forever."

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Fans speculated that Ayose may be a man. The 26-year-old Capricorn grew up in a one-room shack in Jamaica with his single mom, who didn't accept her son's lifestyle.

Harris, who never knew his dad, left home at age 15. He performed dancehall and reggae music in juke joints.

He released many tracks including "I'm Numb", "Watch Over Me" and "That Wonderful Sound" in Jamaica in 2015.

After moving to England, Harris auditioned for season 15 of The X Factor UK. Harris' cover of Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" moved judge Ayda Field to tears.

His winning single was "The Power of Love", performed as a duet with James Arthur, who won The X Factor in 2012.

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Brad Parscale, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election, was hospitalized after he threatened to harm himself on Sunday.

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida responded to a 911 call from Parscale's wife, Candice, who said Parscale was armed and threatened suicide. When police arrived on the scene in the affluent Seven Isles community, Parscale reportedly "barricaded" himself inside his home.

Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Karen Dietrich said Parscale was involuntarily committed to a psych ward under Florida's Baker Act, which allows police to commit people who are a danger to themselves or others.

She said he did not threaten police and he went "willingly" with police.

"We went out and it was very short. We went and got him help," Dietrich said, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Parscale's fall from grace began in June when he was outwitted by TikTok teenagers who registered online by the thousands to attend Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Parscale embarrassed and humiliated his boss when he tweeted that he had received over 1 million requests for tickets to the Tulsa rally, but more than half the seats were empty at the 19,000-seat arena.

The teens took to TikTok to brag that they intentionally registered thousands of tickets online so Trump's supporters couldn't get tickets.

Parscale was also investigated for allegedly "mismanaging" over $40 million in Trump campaign funds.

More than $800,000 was spent on "boosting" Parscale's social media pages, and $39 million was transferred to two companies owned by Parscale.

On July 15, Trump tweeted that Parscale was demoted and would be replaced by Bill Stepien, but Parscale would continue to advise the campaign.

Parscale is currently serving as senior adviser for data and digital operations for Trump's 2020 presidential re-election campaign.

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A Black man's hanging death in Southern California has officially been ruled a suicide based on an autopsy and a purchase from a local Dollar Tree store.

Robert Fuller, 24, was found hanging from a tree in front of Palmdale City Hall in Poncitlán Square on June 10.

Authorities launched a monthlong investigation after Fuller's family rejected the official cause of death.

"The explanation of suicide does not seem plausible," his family said in a statement. "There are many ways to die, but considering the current racial tension, a Black man hanging himself from a tree definitely doesn't sit well with us right now. We want justice, not comfortable excuses."

Authorities focused their investigation on the red rope and fabric found in the tree. Police said there was a May 14 purchase on Fuller's EBT card that was consistent with the red rope used in the hanging.

Sheriff's Commander Chris Marks said Fuller had a history of depression and was hospitalized three times since 2017, according to the NY Times.

Fuller told doctors he had suicidal ideations and had previously put a gun to his head. His last hospital admission was in November. He told doctors at a hospital in Nevada that he "did have a plan to kill himself," Marks said.

Jason R. Hicks, a lawyer representing Fuller's family, said he planned to respond to the sheriff's department's finding. The family does not have any comments at this time.
 

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UPDATE: Late Sunday night I received emails from friends of an artist who expressed suicidal ideations on his public social media page. I published one of the emails after the break.

I also receiving an email from the artist accusing me of making him feel "extremely uncomfortable" and invading his privacy.

I wrote this post with the best of intentions which was to get the word out to someone close to him in the hopes that they would intercede and get him the help that he needs.

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