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Robert Hoobler, the police officer who save rapper Lil Wayne's life after a failed suicide attempt as a child has passed away in New Orleans.

Hoobler was found dead Friday in his Old Jefferson home, his friends tell Nola.com.

The retired cop battled health problems following a serious car accident years ago, and uncontrolled type 1 diabetes which led to both of his legs being amputated.

Lil Wayne had offered financial support to Hoobler who saved his life following a suicide attempt at age 12.

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In an interview last year on Uncomfortable Conversations, the rapper, born Dwayne Carter Jr., recalled using a 9mm pistol in his mother's apartment to shoot himself in 1994.

"I knew where she put her gun and it was in her bedroom. And so I went in her bedroom, grabbed the gun," he said.

Weezy said he pointed the gun at his head but then changed his mind and put it to his chest instead because he "got a little too scared."

"I knew I had a mental health problem when I pulled the trigger," he said.

Hoobler was the first officer to arrive at the scene.

Wayne remembers Hoobler, a white police officer, showing more compassion for him than the Black cops on the scene.

Wayne said Hoobler told the other cops to stop searching for drugs in the room and call an ambulance.

"Save the baby!" Hoobler yelled.

"I was spitting all in his face, blood and everything, and all I was trying to tell [him] was I'm not a baby. He kept saying, 'Do you not see the f**king baby on the ground with a hole in his chest?'"

"He was screaming at them (cops)... and he must've been the boss because they all came in the room and was like, 'Oh sorry boss, we called the ambulance.'"

There was no ambulance available, so Hoobler ordered a cop to back his police cruiser up to the residence.

He carried Wayne to the patrol cruiser and gently placed the bleeding boy across his lap in the backseat.

One officer blocked traffic at major intersections, while another officer rushed Hoobler and Wayne to a nearby hospital.

The two men bumped into each other again in 2019. Wayne offered to provide financial support for Hoobler.

"I met him years later and he said to me, 'I'm just happy to see I saved a life that mattered.'"

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Weezy (pictured at age 14 with mentor Birdman) said he was depressed because his mother, Jacita, banned him from rapping.

Wayne recalled the suicide attempt on his track, "London Roads."

At the time, Wayne was under the assumption that Hoobler was deceased.

    Ms. Cita, I remember goin' in your gun drawer
    Puttin' it to my chest and missin' my heart by centimeters
    Oh Lord, I remember dyin' on her room floor
    And wakin' up in some police's arms, he died recent
    So I hope Heaven made more room for him, and I hope he see me
    'Cause if he didn't save that lil boy, there'd be no Weezy
    Oh Lord.

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Snoop Dogg's daughter, Cori Broadus, said her struggle with colorism and bullying led to a suicide attempt at age 13.

Cori, 21, said she suffered from depression and nearly took her own life after being called "fat and ugly" since she was a child.

"I grew up with two light skinned brothers... and I was the only chocolate one. I was overweight, I got lupus at six," she said.

"People used to always talk about me, 'You're fat, you're ugly, you're dark, you're this, you're that.' And I used to cry. At 13, I was ready to die. Just so sad, crying to my mom like, 'I'm so ugly, why did you have me? Why do I look like this? Why don't I look like my brothers?' It was just so many why, why, why's."

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Cori said having wealthy parents and material things didn't lessen the pain she felt from being bullied about her body image disturbance issues.

"Just because you have money and just because you're able to do certain things that other people can't do, that doesn't mean you don't have a heart, a mind, a soul. I go through it just like everybody else. It don't matter cause my dad is rich, I drive a Toyota Corolla and I am content."

Mental health experts say most people who have suicidal thoughts do not go on to attempt suicide. But suicidal ideations are a risk factor for suicide.

Expressing suicidal thoughts publicly means they may already be in the planning stage, and intervention is necessary.

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Cori, 2nd from left, is pictured with her father Snoop Dogg, her mom Shante Broadus, right, and brother Cordell Broadus, left, at the ceremony honoring Snoop Dogg with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 19, 2018 in Hollywood, California.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. A trained crisis worker is available 24/7.
 

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Lauryn Hill's daughter Selah Marley says her mother's form of discipline was slave like.

Selah, daughter of Lauryn, 45, and musician Rohan Marley, 48, claims her mother's form of discipline involved a belt and lots of threats.

In a 2-hour video on Instagram, Selah, 20, described the beatings she suffered as a minor child.

"And then the threats, the constant threats. That belt man. That's that slave sh*t. That was some slavery sh*t. All Black parents were on that sh*t."

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Selah, pictured with Lauryn and her grandmother, Valerie Hill, praised her "amazing" mom, but she described the legendary singer as a single mother who wasn't always nurturing and often lashed out in anger at her children.

"My mom is an amazing woman, but she obviously didn't do everything right. She was just very angry. So, so, so, so, so, so angry. She was literally not easy to talk to and then half the time we didn't live with her. I lived with my grandparents half the time… It's crazy, I’m playing this trauma back in my head as I speak to you."

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She said the threats Lauryn used were meant to instill fear in her. ("You want me to embarrass you? You want me to give you something to cry about?")

Selah added: "I'm not mad at a little discipline, but what can a five-year-old do? What can a seven-year-old do?"

The fashion model and social media influencer also opened up about her "daddy issues" due to her absentee father, Rohan Marley, son of the late reggae legend, Bob Marley.

"Honestly guys, I'm just hurting. I can't even front that I'm not. I've been hurting for so much of my life and so much of my life has been me avoiding how much I'm really hurting just from the circumstances."

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Selah revealed she has a split personality, in addition to her daddy issues, which affects her relationships with men.

"I have a form of split personality to some degree, I mean not to like you know diagnose myself, but just a form of split because it's like, a part of me stopped growing at the age that my dad left. Whenever that stopped, I feel like something just stopped or maybe it never grew, it never developed... especially when it comes to men, like males in my life. They bring out this dark, dark, dark thing inside of me because I feel like I need them... like I hurt them because I'm mad at them, because I'm mad at my father for not being around but I need them because I don’t have a father so I need someone..."

 

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A teenager was found hanged in an elementary school parking lot around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16. Police say the boy was not a victim of foul play.

The Harris County Sheriff's Department in Texas confirmed a 17-year-old boy was found dead, hanging from a tree in the parking lot at Ehrhardt Elementary School.

Schools are closed for the year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Police say the deceased teen had a "history of suicide attempts" with one of the attempts occurring "as recently as a few weeks ago."

Suicides among children and teenagers have been on the rise in recent years.

The boy's death brings the total to 6 Black people who were recently found hanging from trees in the United States.

Robert Fuller, 24, and Malcolm Harsch, 38, were found hanging from trees in California. Officials ruled both deaths as suicides.

But Fuller's death is now being investigated after his 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."

If you are in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741.

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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris's daughter Deyjah Harris seemed to move one step closer to accusing him of abusing her as a child.

Last week, the 18-year-old beauty sparked rumors that she was abused when she was 11 years old. She criticized Black families for ignoring childhood abuse and specifically for protecting the abusers in their families.

"Ok I'm so tired of how the black community doesn't speak up on the things that happens in the family ............... stop protecting the men and women that touch children (sic)!!!!!"

Her outburst prompted social media to speculate that someone - a male - in Deyjah's family may have abused her.

In response to a follower who wrote, "dis not da time for dat," she raged:

"IT ALL MATTERS. it all matters. violence, police brutality, abuse, sexual harassment, etc. IT ALL MATTERS. When did i ever come out my mouth and say 'hey one issue matters more than the other' ...... you keep tryna justify what you saying and you still ain't making sense. how is what i said tearing each other in any way? please help me understand, IF ANYTHING IM PROTECTING YALL!!!!!"

In a preview for next week's episode of Friends & Family Hustle, Deyjah explained why she and her father, T.I., are not particularly close.

"Things are completely awkward between me and my dad," she said. "The situation is just a little traumatizing for me." She added she just "didn't want to be around" T.I.

In an earlier post, Deyjah said she suffered from mental health issues including depression as a result of what happened to her when she was 11 years old.

Insiders have noticed over the years that Deyjah is usually the only child missing from the Harris family functions and photo shoots.

Deyjah is T.I.'s eldest daughter.

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