Season 2 American Idol finalist Josh Gracin is alive after posting a message to Facebook that had friends and fans panicked.
On Thursday, Gracin posted: “I’ve loved her for 17 years … I made mistakes … I admitted them, told her the truth and she turned her back on me when I needed her help the most … I love you all .. You have given me the greatest gift. You allowed me to touch your hearts with what I loved to do the most … Please remember me as someone who gave his all in his music … Pray for my family as they carry on in this world without me. Goodbye.” The post has since been deleted.
It set off a frantic search for the 33-year-old singer, who has been married to Ann Gracin since 2001. The police responded to Gracin’s home in Spring Hill, Tenn., and found Ann there, according to TMZ. An update to that story Thursday night said he had been placed on a psychiatric hold and was being observed by doctors.
Manager Amy Macintosh posted a message to Gracin’s Twitter account and Facebook page Thursday night saying the singer was safe and with his family.
A post to his Facebook page Friday says that Friday’s scheduled appearance at Live on the Levee in Charleston, W.Va., has been canceled. According to Pollstar, Gracin also has concerts scheduled for Novi, Mich., Omaha and Louisville this month.
After finishing fourth on Idol in 2003, Gracin signed with Lyric Street Records, a Disney-owned label based in Nashville. His first single, I Want to Live, reached the top five on the country charts, and follow-up Nothin’ to Lose went to No. 1.
Gracin’s self-titled 2004 debut album was certified gold with shipments of more than 500,000 units. He released two other albums, We Weren’t Crazy in 2008 and Redemption in 2011. He has an EP called Worth This Love in the works.
In an interview advancing the Charleston concert, Gracin told The Charleston Gazette that he hoped to release Worth This Love in a couple of months and shoot a video for the title track in September.
“Albums aren’t selling,” Gracin told reporter Bill Lynch. “Why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on one record when you can release an EP every couple of months and do pretty much the same thing?”
Idol has already lost one former finalist this month. Season 7 contestant Michael Johns, 35, died Aug. 1 in California. An autopsy was inconclusive about the cause of death.
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