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T.I. Saves Man From Suicide

The rapper becomes an unlikely hero after talking a suicidal man out of jumping off a building

October 14, 2010 9:32 AM ET

T.I. helped talk a man contemplating suicide off the ledge of a 22-story building yesterday. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , the rapper was on his way to a video shoot when he heard that a man was threatening to jump off the 400 Colony Square Building. The building happened to be the home of the urban contemporary radio station V-103, and T.I. called radio personality Ryan Cameron. Cameron encouraged the rapper to come to the building to see if he could help persuade the man (whose name has not been released, though T.I. referred to him as "Joshua" in an interview with V-103) from jumping.

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"Something in me just said, 'Man you gotta try and help. You gotta do whatever you can,'" T.I. later told reporters. T.I. met with police and then recorded a video message that the police then showed to the man on the ledge. On the video, T.I. said, "Nothing is that bad. Nothing in life is worth taking your life. I'm here to help you. Please come down to talk to me." After watching the video, the man stepped back from the ledge, and later met with T.I. in the building's lobby, where the two talked for a few minutes before the man was taken to Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. The police were grateful. "[T.I.] didn't have to stop. He could've kept on going about his business," Atlanta police officer James Polite told the AJC. "We're happy it ended the way it did, and we thank him."

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The recently incarcerated rapper was busted on drug charges in Los Angeles last month, an arrest that could lead to his probation being revoked, and him being sent back to prison. "I know there were a lot of people who have supported me in the past, and all of those who have been let down by these circumstances, I want to give you my sincerest apologies and let you know that I will make it up to you and make you proud in the future," T.I. told Cameron on V-103.

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