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Josh Gracin posts suicide note on Facebook

Josh Gracin performing at the Army's 231st birthday.
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American country music singer Josh Gracin posted what appeared to be a suicide note on his Facebook account on Thursday. USA Today reported that the "American Idol" star wrote a cryptic message on Facebook that hinted he was about to take his own life. Gracin's friends and family panicked after reading the post, and police were called in.

Apparently, 33-year-old Gracin and his wife since 2001, Ann Gracin, were having marital problems. According to TMZ on Thursday, officers rushed to Gracin's home after news of his apparent suicide note went viral on Facebook and Twitter. The Facebook post has now been deleted but began receiving comments from worried fans immediately after it was shared.

The note said that Gracin had loved his wife for 17 years and that he admits he made mistakes. Gracin went on to say in the post that his wife turned her back on him when he needed her help the most. Wrote Gracin, "I love you all. You have given me the greatest gift. You allowed me to touch your hearts with what I loved to do the most... 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 were sent to Gracin's Spring Hill, Tennessee home to check on his welfare where they found his wife alone. Law enforcement called the former U.S. Marine on the phone and put his wife on to speak with him. Reportedly, police later escorted Gracin to a hospital where he was placed on a psychiatric hold for evaluation.

Gracin's manager, Amy Macintosh, posted an update for fans Thursday night on the singer's social media accounts. According to Macintosh, Gracin is safe and with his family. A post on Gracin's Facebook page on Friday says that Gracin's scheduled appearance in Charleston, West Virginia has been canceled.

Gracin finished fourth on the second season of Fox Network's "American Idol" in 2003. With help from Rascal Flatts' bass player Jay DeMarcus, Gracin signed a record deal with Lyric Street Records in 2004. Gracin has since had three top five hits and one top ten hit on the "Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks" charts. Gracin once had this to say about his success, "I don't see myself as a celebrity at all. I've got my wife to keep me humble and bring me back down to earth."

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