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‘American Idol’ alum Josh Gracin apologizes to fans for suicide note scare

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 03: Josh Gracin performs at the BLA showcase during the International Entertainment Buyers Association Conference and Hall of Fame on October 3, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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“American Idol” alum Josh Gracin has apologized to fans after a series of events had many fearing he had committed suicide. On Thursday, TMZ reported that Gracin posted a cryptic message on his Facebook page, detailing his marital problems and ending with, "Please remember me as someone who gave his all in his music ... Pray for my family as they carry on in this world without me. Goodbye."

Police reportedly rushed to the country singer’s home in Tennessee after a family member reported seeing the disturbing message. After Gracin was finally located, the celebrity gossip site confirmed that he was being held on a 5150 psychiatric hold after driving himself to a hospital with a police escort.

A post on Gracin’s official Twitter page from his manager, Amy, thanked fans for their prayers and concern, saying the father of four was safe and with his family. She also promised another update would come soon.

But late Thursday night, Taste of Country shared a Facebook message from the singer himself, in which he apologized to his fans for the scare: “To all of you… I apologize dearly for what I have put you through today… I am ok and I am getting help. I am so sorry to all of you,” he wrote.

Gracin’s original message has been deleted from his Facebook page, but it’s not surprising that a message on the singer’s official fan page has now revealed that his scheduled appearance at the Live on the Levee show in Charleston, WV on Friday has been cancelled. Country music artist Trent Tomlinson will be performing in Gracin’s place.

Josh Gracin placed fourth in Season 2 of “American Idol.” After his run on “Idol,” the 33-year-old country singer completed his service in the United States Marine Corps. Gracin signed to Lyric Street Records and his self-titled debut album in 2004 produced the hit single “Nothin’ to Lose.” With several albums under his belt, Gracin has charted 11 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart, according to Billboard.

“Drink It Gone,” Gracin’s most recent single under Private Label records, was released in 2013.