On Monday Jan. 23. 2017, actor Jay Bowdy committed suicide while streaming on Facebook Live. It is unclear what prompted the 34 year old up-and-coming actor to take his life, some people claim it could be depression. In a letter, one the Bowdy's friends wrote:
“I feel like I have failed you as a friend and for that I am truly sorry. In the time we spent together, there were some true heart to hearts,” she wrote. "I’m not one to express much, but I feel the need to because my heart is so heavy. My open letter to you. Though I haven’t known you long, we built a relationship that was strong. I’m sitting here looking through our last text messages and trying to figure out where I went wrong, what I missed, what I could have done differently to have been there for you in your time of need.”
Bowdy was born in San Antonio Texas and was the first person to earn a college degree on his father's side. He also has a Masters degree.
After his death, people kept sharing his Facebook live until they were asked to stop sharing it. Others reported the video to Facebook and the one on his page has since been taken down. The video was on his page for over 8 hours before it was taken down by Facebook.
Bowdy had his first child at 18 and got married to his wife when he was 25. He had 2 kids from a previous relationship, and 4 children with his wife.
He is survived by his wife, his 3 sons and 3 daughters.