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Josh Gracin undergoes psychiatric evaluation

Josh Gracin undergoes psychiatric evaluation

JOSH GRACIN: In the hospital, for a mental health evaluation. Photo: Associated Press

Country singer Josh Gracin has been admitted to hospital on a psychiatric hold after posting an apparent suicide note online.

The former “American Idol” finalist sparked fears for his safety when he wrote a cryptic message on Facebook on Thursday in which he hinted about taking his own life.

Police were called in to find the star, and officers intercepted him in his car.

According to editors at TMZ.com, Gracin drove himself to hospital with a police escort and was admitted on a 5150 psychiatric hold to be evaluated by doctors.

Gracin’s manager Amy reached out to fans on Facebook, writing, “Josh is safe and with his family now. We ask that you please respect their privacy during this time and continue sending your well wishes. I promise to update you soon.”

The singer’s scheduled performance at the Live on the Levee show in Charleston, West Virginia on Friday has been canceled, and fellow country star Trent Tomlinson will replace him.

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