Tyler Perry doesn’t believe his nephew hanged himself in prison — so he went ahead and hired a famous medical examiner to determine if he committed suicide or if he was killed in his cell.
TMZ broke the story … Tyler’s nephew, 26-year-old Gavin Porter, was serving 20 years for shooting and killing his dad in front of his mom — who’s Tyler’s sister. He was found Tuesday night hanging in his cell from a bedsheet.
One of the reasons Tyler is suspicious … Gavin got into a fight with another inmate last weekend and was placed in solitary.
Tyler tells TMZ, “Call me naive, but it was my hope that after serving his time, and really reflecting and showing much remorse and asking God for forgiveness, that he would have been able to come to work for me, joining all the other former inmates who work for me and turn his life around just as they have. But that day will never come.”
Tyler says he’s hired Dr. Michael Baden, a famed pathologist who has been involved in numerous cases, including JFK, O.J. and Jeffrey Epstein. Dr. Baden will perform a second autopsy.
As for why, Tyler says, “I want to be clear that we are not a family of conspiracy theorists and want to believe that there was no foul play just as the sheriff said publicly.”
We don’t blame Tyler one bit for getting a second opinion. You really can’t believe anything anyone tells you these days — especially as it relates to prison officials.
Update: Tyler Perry released the below statement via Twitter.
I spoke with Dr. Michael Baden today after he finished the autopsy on my nephew. I was relieved to hear that he is 98% sure that there was no foul play in his death, just as Sheriff Gates stated… continued: https://t.co/7pV47IAK9s
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) February 28, 2020