Tyler Perry has hired a famous medical examiner to perform a second autopsy on his nephew — who is said to have committed suicide while serving time at a Louisiana prison. As previously reported, Tyler's nephew 26-year-old Gavin Porter — who was serving 20 years in prison for shooting and killing his father in front of his mom, was found hanging from a bedsheet in his cell earlier this week.
According to TMZ, Tyler is suspicious about the death because Gavin got into a with another inmate last weekend and was placed in solitary confinement. Tyler has hired famed pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, who has been involved in several high profile cases like JFK, O.J. and Jeffrey Epstein.
Tyler said in a statement, “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.”
He continued, “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.”
A rep from the Union Parish Sheriff's Office said in a statement, “There is an active investigation at the prison's request. We are currently awaiting the results of an autopsy. 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 statement 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.”