Our condolences to actor/director Tyler Perry, whose nephew reportedly died while in prison. According to multiple reports, Tyler’s nephew Gavin Porter was found dead in his cell at Union Parish Detention Center in Louisiana. He was 26.
Gavin’s mom, who is Tyler’s sister, was informed by the prison that Gavin hanged himself with bed sheet while in solitary confinement, TMZ reports.
Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates told thenewsstar.com that Gavin was placed in solitary after being involved in a fight with several inmates on Saturday. Gates also revealed that Gavin was in jail after pleading guilty in April 2017 in to a charge of manslaughter.
According to WAFB, Gavin was arrested in October 2016 in connection with the shooting death of his father, Gary Wayne Porter, 54, after the two allegedly got into a fight.
No foul play is suspected, however both the fight and Gavin’s death are still under investigation, according to the website. Gates also revealed that the family has been notified of his death.