Tyler Perry is questioning the death of his 26-year-old nephew, who was reportedly found hanged with bedsheets inside of a Louisiana jail cell Tuesday night.
Thursday on Instagram, the actor/writer/director/producer revealed he has hired famed pathologist Dr. Michael Baden to perform a second autopsy on his nephew, Gavin Porter, who was sentenced to 20 years in jail for allegedly shooting his father in front of his mother after an argument.
Following Porter’s passing in solitary confinement, authorities said there was no foul play — something Porter’s family has suspicions about.
“Three days ago, I got the horrible news that [Gavin] allegedly committed suicide in prison. I say allegedly because, unfortunately, our criminal justice system and prisons have been notorious for cover ups and/or getting it wrong,” Perry wrote. “With that in mind I have hired Dr. Michael Baden to do a second autopsy, and we are expecting the results soon.”
The “Madea’s Family Reunion” star added, “I want to be clear that we are not a family of conspiracy theorists, and we want to believe that there was no foul play, just as the sheriff has stated publicly.”
Per TMZ on Wednesday, Porter’s family has doubts about the sheriff’s ruling because Gavin reportedly got into an altercation with another inmate before his death.
In his post, the Tyler Perry Studios creator revealed that despite Porter’s “horrific crime,” he had hoped his nephew would justly serve his sentence, and then work for him in the entertainment industry.
“Call me naïve, but it was my hope that after serving his time, really reflecting, showing much remorse, and asking God for forgiveness, that he would have been able to come work for me,” Perry wrote. “Where he would join all the other former inmates that work for me and turn his life around, just as they have. But that day will never come.”
On Thursday, a representative from the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office told TMZ they are still awaiting the results of Porter’s first autopsy.
“There is an active investigation at the prison’s request. We are currently awaiting the results of an autopsy,” the spokesperson said. “The initial investigation did not suspect foul play. We are also conducting an investigation into the fight which occurred earlier and Porter’s involvement in that incident.”
The rep continued, “We respect the family’s right to request another autopsy to be done. This is not an unusual request. We are continuing our investigation and awaiting autopsy results.”
Porter was arrested in 2016 for the alleged incident with his father, and later pleaded no contest to manslaughter.
Read Tyler’s full post (below):