August Alsina Hangs Himself in New Music Video

New Orleans singer posts disturbing photo on Instagram with "rest in peace" caption.

Posted: 05/22/2014 11:23 AM EDT
August Alsina

August Alsina got his fans, and maybe even some family members, up in arms over a photo of him hanging from a ceiling with a noose around his neck. Alsina threw the image up on Instagram yesterday (May 21), which appears to be a shot from his new music video for "FML," a track where he touches on suicidal thoughts. 

The 21-year-old captioned the disturbing photo, "Rest in peace Aug. Forever missed #holdyoudownforlife." The picture racked up more than 9,000 comments. 

Some of his Instagram followers assumed the flick was from the video set, while others thought the picture was distasteful in general. One user by the name of mac_alsina pleaded with the crooner to "answer the phone," claiming that his grandmother was in tears from seeing the photo. Another person a producer from TMZ asked Alsina to reach out and explain the image.  

Although the New Orleans native is a relatively new name to R&B, he's used to being in the midst of a little controversy now and again. He recently called Trey Songz out after a collaborative show between the two fell through. Songz wasn't fazed; he stated in an interview that Alsina had "a lot going on in his life outside of music" and refused to speak negatively about him.

No matter how outspoken he has been in the past, it doesn't look like Alsina will be providing any further clarification on the noose photo. Thousands of questions, comments and concerns haven't been enough to get him to respond just yet.

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(Photo: August Alsina via Instagram)

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