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Tyler Perry Wants a Second Autopsy for His Nephew Gavin Porter Who Died in a Louisiana Prison

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By Mark Evans

Super-star Tyler Perry isn't satisfied with the investigation that has been done on his nephew, Gavin Porter's, death in a Louisiana prison. He has hired pathologist Michael Baden to perform a second autopsy on his nephew who died in prison this week. Porter, who was 26, was found about 8:30 p.m. CST Tuesday at Farmerville, Louisiana's Union Parish Detention Center. His death came after apparently hanging himself in a cell with a bedsheet, according to Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gate. Sheriff Gate told the Monroe, Louisiana News-Star that Porter had been placed in the cell Saturday after a fight involving several inmates, stating that no foul play was suspected.

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Perry wrote in an emotional Instagram post on Thursday that he wanted to look further into the death of his nephew. "Three days ago, I got the horrible news that he allegedly committed suicide in prison," Perry wrote. "I say allegedly because, unfortunately, our criminal justice system and prisons have been notorious for cover-ups and/or getting it wrong." Perry said he had hired the high-profile Baden "and we are expecting the results soon." "I want to be clear we are not conspiracy theorists, and we want to believe there was no foul play, just as the sheriff has stated publicly," Perry wrote.

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Perry revealed that his sister's son was put in prison for the "heinous" crime that occurred because of a "senseless argument." He also said that the "murder shook our entire family to the core." "Despite this horrible act, before he went to prison, I went to see him in the local jail. I assured him that we all still loved him, but it was most important to all of us. including his mother, that he was punished for this horrific crime that he had committed," Perry wrote.

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Porter pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2017 for the 2016 shooting death of his father, Gary Wayne Porter. Porter was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The well-known actor, director, and producer has significant influence in the entertainment industry and obviously has the ability to pursue his own investigation into his nephew's death. You don't have to read between the lines to see that it was clear from Perry's post that he believes there is a reason to question the initial report of suicide.

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"Call me naive, but it was my hope that after serving his time, really reflecting, showing much remorse and asking God for forgiveness, that he would have been able to come work for me," Perry wrote. "But that day will never come." Perry ended by saying that he wanted to thank everyone for their prayers on behalf of his sister and the family and that he would have no further comment. USA TODAY reached out to the Union Parish sheriff's office for further comment.

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