Frederick Jay Bowdy, an aspiring actor from Fort Worth, Texas, took his own life yesterday afternoon in Los Angeles, while streaming the incident on Facebook Live.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Bowdy, 33, reportedly killed himself in North Hollywood, just days after he was arrested on a sexual assault suspicion in Santa Clara. Formal charges had not been filed against him. He encouraged his followers to watch him as he streamed himself inside of a car. An out-of-state family member was watching and immediately called the Los Angeles Police Department, but by the time authorities arrived, it was too late. They found Bowdy in his car near Cumpston Street and Fulcher Avenue, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
“The gentleman may have shot himself as officers were approaching the vehicle,” Craig Harvey, a spokesman with the Los Angeles County Coroner said. “It’s being investigated as a possible suicide.”
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Bowdy was steadily making an acting career for himself prior to the incident. He starred in the 2016 film, Prepper, as well as several television roles. At the time of his death, he was in the midst of filming a sports film, Going Vertical.
To make ends meet during auditions, he worked as an exotic dancer named “Houston,” at a Hollywood dance revue. Before moving to California, he attended the University of Texas in Arlington, where he received a master’s degree in education.
Numerous friends and supporters expressed shock and sadness over Bowdy’s death, including Facebook user Meco Harden, who watched the graphic live stream.
“His voice. His pain. His tears. Everything he said. Thr [sic] sound of him pulling that trigger and hearing his blood pouring messed me up! I will NEVER forget that sound. Shook me to my core.”
Authorities took the live stream down and learning of the incident. The actor left behind a wife and six children.
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