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Singer Houston Gouges Eye In Suicide Attempt

By Remmie Fresh

Date: 2/2/2005 12:52 pm


R&B singer Houston has reportedly attempted suicide by gouging out his eye while on tour in London.


According to reports, Houston tried to jump off a balcony, but was stopped by his security detail.


After he was prevented from leaping, he then was locked in a bathroom, where he gouged out one of his eyes.


Last year, the Hip-Hop oriented singer scored a major hit in "I Like That" with Nate Dogg and Chingy.


"Our thoughts and prayers are with Houston during this tragic time," Capitol Records said in a statement.


Earlier this month, Houston was nominated for "Best New R&B Artist" by the 2004 T M H Honors. Winners were supposed to be announced on Jan. 31, but results have not been returned.


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After being thwarted in a suicide attempt in a London hotel room, R&B singer Houston gouged his own eye out.


On Thursday Houston attempted to jump out of a 13th-floor hotel window but was stopped by his security personnel, sources close to





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the singer said. He was moved to a lower floor and locked in his room, where he injured himself. Additional details are still coming to light, and photographs of his injury are circulating online.


The Los Angeles native, born Houston Summers IV, was overseas for a series of performances when the incident occurred. He scored a hit last year with "I Like That," which featured Chingy and Nate Dogg and was used in a McDonald's commercial (see "Houston Scores Club Hit With Help From Chingy, Nate Dogg"). His debut album, It's Already Written, was certified gold a month after its release in August.


"Our thoughts and prayers are with Houston during this tragic time," a Capitol Records spokesperson said.


Los Angeles radio station KKBT-FM's K-Sly, who appeared in the "I Like That" video and is close to Houston's camp, said the singer had been under psychiatric care last year for manic depression. Another source corroborated that claim, adding that Houston had also struggled with PCP.


"I was told he wanted to commit suicide and stabbed his eye out," K-Sly said. "He was telling people he was Jesus and wanted to go home to his Father."


The singer is now back in Los Angeles.

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