Tyler Perry has hired a medical practitioner to perform another autopsy on his nephew, Gavin Porter, who allegedly died by suicide in prison.
Tyler Perry is getting to the bottom of his nephew's suspicious death by ordering another autopsy on the young man, after prison officials told his family that he had committed suicide behind bars. On Wednesday, TMZ reported that Gavin Porter, the son of Tyler's sister, Melva Porter, had been found dead in his cell at a prison facility near St. Helena Parish in Louisiana around 8:00pm on Tuesday night. Gavin was serving 20 years for shooting and killing his father in front of Melva back in 2016. Prison officials informed Melva and the rest of Gavin's family that he had committed suicide by hanging himself from his bedsheets. According to TMZ, Gavin's family is suspicious about the alleged circumstances of his death, and are not entirely certain there was no foul play involved. After all, Gavin had been placed in solitary confinement after getting in a fight with another inmate over the weekend and had been checked on by prison guards only two hours before he was found dead.
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Now, the famed filmmaker has hired a well-known pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden, to perform a second autopsy on Gavin. Dr. Baden has been involved in plenty of famous cases, including John F. Kennedy, O.J. Simpson, and Jeffrey Epstein. "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," Tyler stated. In regards to his 26-year-old nephew's life coming to end so soon, Tyler told 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."