T.I. Staying In Touch With Suicidal Man
Rap superstar T.I. has promised to stay in touch with the suicidal young man he managed to talk out of jumping off a high-rise building in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday in a bid to help with his recovery.
The Live Your Life hit-maker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., was running errands in his native city when he heard about the stand-off between cops and the desperate 22 year old on the radio. He admits the news tugged at his heartstrings and he drove to the site of the 22-storey building to see if he could help.
T.I. tells TMZ.com, "It summoned my heart, my spirit. I said to myself... 'I gotta help.'"
However, it took a video recording of the rapper at the site of the incident to convince the troubled man to step away from the ledge and not leap to his death. The star explains, "To assure him that it was really me, they (the police) recorded a video message on the cop's cell phone and took it up to him... Fifteen minutes later the guy came down peacefully."
And T.I. insists he has "every intention" of keeping in contact with the young male, who was hospitalized after the suicide bid, so he can "get better".