Tyler Perry has hired a well-known medical examiner to conduct a second autopsy on his nephew, Gavin Porter’s body, after the 26-year-old allegedly committed suicide in prison on Tuesday night.
Officials at a prison facility near St. Helena Parish in Louisiana insist Porter hanged himself in his cell, after being placed in solitary confinement following a fistfight with another inmate.
Porter’s mother, Perry’s sister, isn’t convinced her son took his own life. She expressed her doubts which lead the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office to open an investigation into the alleged suicide.
The Sheriff’s Office noted there is no evidence of foul play. Porter was alone in the cell when he was found hanging.
Perry, 50, is using his own clout by hiring Dr. Michael Baden to conduct a second autopsy on Porter’s body.
Dr. Baden is best known for conducting a second autopsy on pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who hanged himself in a Manhattan jail in August. Baden concluded Epstein’s cause of death was homicide.
Explaining the move to hire Dr. Baden in a post on his Instagram page on Thursday night, the famed director wrote:
“I have hired Dr. Michael Baden to do a second autopsy, and we are expecting the results soon. I want to be clear that we are not a family of conspiracy theorists, and we want to believe that there was no foul play, just as the sheriff has stated publicly.”
Perry added that he had hoped Porter would eventually turn his life around after being handed a 20-year prison sentence for fatally shooting his biological father in 2016.
“Despite this horrible act, before he went to prison I went to see him in the local jail,” Perry continued.
“I assured him that we all still loved him, but it was important to all of us, including his mother, that he was punished for this horrific crime that he had committed. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
“It was my hope that after serving his time, really reflecting, showing much remorse, and asking God for forgiveness, that he would have been able to come work for me. Where he would join all the other former inmates that work for me and turn his life around, just as they have. But that day will never come.”
In an interview, Tyler confessed he struggled with thoughts of suicide after enduring years of abuse at the hands of his father.