A tragedy struck the hip-hop world when young Seattle rapper Freddy E took his own life. 

King County medical examiner’s office confirms to E! News that on Jan. 5, the 22-year-old rapper, born Frederick E.  Buhl, died of a self-inflicted rifle wound to the head.

What was even more startling was the fact that Freddy E chose to live-tweet the moments leading up to his suicide. (E! News) 

What is suicide?

Suicide is the process of purposely ending one’s own life. The way societies view suicide varies widely according to culture and religion. For example, many Western cultures, as well as mainstream Judaism, Islam, and Christianity tend to view killing oneself as quite negative. One myth about suicide that may be the result of this view is considering suicide to always be the result of a mental illness. Some societies also treat a suicide attempt as if it were a crime. However, suicides are sometimes seen as understandable or even honorable in certain circumstances, such as in protest to persecution (for example, hunger strike), as part of battle or resistance (for example, suicide pilots of World War II; suicide bombers) or as a way of preserving the honor of a dishonored person (for example, killing oneself to preserve the honor or safety of family members).

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, PLEASE call 1-800-273-TALK

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