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Posted: January 08, 2019

Rapper Cupcakke's posts about suicide spark concern from friends, fans

What You Need to Know: CupcakKe

By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

CHICAGO —

Alarming messages sent from Chicago rapper Cupcakke's social media accounts Monday night have sparked a flurry of tweets from worried musicians, friends and fans.

>> Pete Davidson posts despondent message on Instagram, deletes account

"Im (sic) about to commit suicide," read one tweet posted by the "Quiz" rapper's verified Twitter account just before 8 p.m. EST. 

>> See the tweet here

Less than an hour later, the 21-year-old's Instagram account shared a screenshot of the tweet with the caption, "Thank you for everything y'all have done for me. I really appreciate it."

>> See the Instagram post here

According to one friend, comedian Elijah Daniel, Chicago police conducted a wellness check on Cupcakke, whose legal name is Elizabeth Harris.

"Police not able to give me anymore details other than Elizabeth is OKAY and at the hospital," he tweeted about 2 a.m. EST Tuesday.

>> See his tweets here

Meanwhile, Cupcakke's despondent posts received thousands of replies expressing support for the rapper.

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"Sending love to @CupcakKe_rapper," fellow rapper Iggy Azalea tweeted. "I understand how hopeless and overwhelmed with negativity we can sometimes feel. I hope you'll take some time with those that really know YOU best; then when you're ready come back stronger than ever!"

>> See the tweet here

"You are such a beautiful and wonderful person and we simply cannot lose you," British singer Charli XCX wrote.

>> See the post here

"Keep living," comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted. "You got the stuff & we got your back."

>> See her tweet here

As of 5 a.m. EST Tuesday, neither Cupcakke nor her management company had publicly released a statement about the incident.

Warning Signs of Suicide and Resources for Help


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Pete Davidson posts despondent message on Instagram, deletes account

Comedian Pete Davidson worried fans Saturday when he posted a message to Instagram saying, in part, "I really don't want to be on this Earth anymore," before deleting his account altogether.

>> Read more trending news

The 25-year-old Saturday Night Live performer posted what appeared to be a screenshot of text written in the iPhone "Notes" app with the following message Saturday afternoon:

"i really don't want to be on this earth anymore. i'm doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don't know how much longer i can last. all i ever tried to do was help people. just remember i told you so."

The post drew messages of concern and support from his fans. "Pete you can get through this. This too shall pass," wrote one Instagram user, @sunshine8377. "I love you man and I don’t want you to ever consider ending your life. I wish my comment mattered," wrote another user, @kpierrephoto.

Davidson later deleted his Instagram account.

Davidson made headlines earlier this year for his whirlwind romance with singer Ariana Grande. The two began dating in May, announced their engagement in June and broke up in October, according to reports.

Davidson and Grande had each recently engaged with singer Kanye West on Twitter, from seemingly different sides. Earlier Saturday, West called out Grande on Twitter for what he believed was an inappropriate tweet regarding a feud between him and fellow singer, Drake.

“All of this foolishness weighed on my mental health so @ArianaGrande you know I got love for you but until you’re ready to really make sure everyone’s ok don’t use me or this moment to promote a song," West wrote.

Grande apologized hours later, though she said the comment in question wasn't referring to West.

Davidson, who has been open about his struggles with borderline personality disorder, tweeted in support of West.

“Bravo Kanye West for standing up for yourself and speaking out against mental health. I can’t explain to you enough how difficult and scary it is to be honest about stuff like this,” Davidson said.

By later Saturday afternoon, it appeared Davidson had deleted his Twitter account as well.

Perhaps to reassure fans, actor Jon Cryer tweeted that Davidson was “at SNL and accounted for.”

Those struggling with suicide and suicidal thoughts can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day at 800-273-8255 and get more information on the Lifeline at SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

Suicide rate up across the country, CDC says

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Suicide rate up across the country, CDC says

The United States experienced a nearly 30 percent increase in suicide rates between 1999-2016, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released two days after the death of designer Kate Spade. Her death was ruled a suicide.

On Friday, chef, author and TV personality Anthony Bourdain was also reported dead. CNN confirmed the cause of death was suicide.

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According to the recently published figures, 54 percent of reported suicide deaths since 1999 could not be traced back to mental health diagnoses. Circumstances involving relationships, substance abuse, job or financial troubles, health issues and access to lethal means, such as firearms, significantly contributed to the dramatic rise, the CDC reported.

Still, experts note that previous research has shown higher rates of mental health disorders among those at high risk of suicide.

“The reason most suicide decedents don’t have a known mental disorder is that they were never diagnosed, not that they didn’t have one,” Dr. David Brent, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, told the New York Times.

If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide, or if you are concerned for someone else, here are some helpful resources: 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24 hours)

Call 1-800-273-8255

Online chat

Suicide prevention resources for parents, guardians and families

Suicide prevention resources for teens

Suicide prevention resources for survivors of suicide loss

More resources and programs at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

Read the full CDC report at cdc.gov.

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Rapper Cupcakke's alarming social media posts spark concern

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Rapper Cupcakke's alarming social media posts spark concern

Cupcakke performs on stage at NYLON + NYLON Guys Celebrate the Music Issue at House of Vans Brooklyn on June 2, 2017, in New York City.