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T.I. stops suicide, talks would-be jumper off the ledge

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Rapper T.I., who's real name is Clifford Harris, helped stop a suicide in Atlanta this afternoon. (John Amis/AP)

A suicidal man halted his plan to jump when rapper T.I. showed up at an Atlanta building this afternoon.

The AP reports that Officer James Polite says the hip-hop star joined a crowd outside the 22-story building and said he wanted to help.

The man, whose name has not been released, agreed to come down in exchange for a few minutes face-to-face with T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris.

T.I.'s publicist says the Atlanta native heard about the situation on the radio and drove to the building to help.

T.I. has had a pretty rough year himself, spending time in prison on federal weapons charges and recently being arrested on suspicion of drug offenses last month in Los Angeles while on supervised release.

For anyone else battling depression, T.I. may not be on call, but there are people willing to talk at 1-800-SUICIDE.

By Melissa Bell  | October 13, 2010; 7:24 PM ET
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Sounds like a Peety Greene type move to me for sure! T.I. goes into Federal Court for a violation of probation hearing on Friday down in Atlanta. Might this hostage negotiation have been a stunt by T.I. to engender some good will before he goes to court for sentencing ? The legendary Peety Greene orchestrated a similar scam to win early release from a prison sentence that he was serving. He sent a fellow inmate up on a tower at Lorton who threatened suicide. Peety Greene then cut a deal with the warden to talk the man down in exchange for release from prison.
Is T.I. trying to pull a similar stunt ? I'm just sayin' LOL

Posted by: ellislawoffice | October 13, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

If someone saves a life but receives approval or some other personal benefit for it, does that mean it isn't still a good deed? Let's just be happy he was willing to make the attempt, and that it was successful. I'm not a huge fan of TI (although apparently the jumper is), but I think this is an important achievement nonetheless. I say good for him.

Posted by: gaijinsamurai | October 13, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

gaijinsamurai, try googling "Immanuel Kant" and "universal egoism" for a variety of attempts to answer just that question.

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