Graphic details have emerged around the suicide attempt of rapper Andre Johnson, who cut off his penis and testicles before jumping out his West Hollywood, Calif., apartment last week.
According to E! News, Johnson, 40, was high on the drug PCP (aka phencyclidine or angel dust) at the time of the incident. A source said Johnson used a steak knife to cut off the tip of his penis first, then his testicles and finally the entire organ itself.
When authorities arrived, Johnson was already on the balcony of his unit and said he was "OK," only to leap from the second-floor apartment. His body was found on a sidewalk, while the remnants of his genitalia were found upstairs. Doctors were unable to reattach the penis, TMZ reports.
Johnson goes by the rap name Christ Bearer and is a member of the rap duo Northstar. Although he has been touted in the press as having an affiliation to the Wu-Tang Clan, it turns out that he's no longer connected with the hip hop collective. Wu-Tang leader RZA recently clarified Johnson's actual connection to the group in a statement to XXL. "Christ Bearer is a part of the West Coast Killa Beez, a bunch of young guys that was signed to our company 10 years ago," Bobby Digital said in a statement. "We did invest in some young guys to try and help any hood. He was a guy from the hood that we gave a shot. I don't make music with him nowadays."
RZA continued, "I feel sad for his family first and foremost; I know he has children. I thought he was a smarter guy than a guy who would do something crazy like that. But at the same time, he's been in jail recently, he's been in trouble. Maybe he's mentally unstable. Maybe the mental health system should have took a look at him and said, 'You know what? We got to hold on to this guy for a little longer."
Two days after the incident, the message "Peace-feeling blessed," was posted on Johnson's Facebook page, and later deleted.
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