Trouble-prone rapper T.I. is being being hailed a hero after he helped stop an Atlanta man from taking his own life on Wednesday.
T.I. has had his own problems with the law, including a possible pending jail stint for felony drug possession, but the “Live Your Life” hitmaker may have earned himself some good will by talking an unidentified man out of jumping from the top of a 22-story building this week.
The hip hop star, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was driving down Atlanta’s famed Peachtree Street on his way to a video shoot when he heard about the dire situation on the radio. That’s when Tip — as he is affectionately called decided to change direction and drive to the scene of the confusion.
“Something in me just said, ‘Man you gotta try and help. You gotta do whatever you can,’” Harris told reporters.
Harris offered to talk to the man, who was standing on ledge of the 400 Colony Square Building. Police allowed him to record a video message to prove to the suicidal man that the rapper was there and wanted to talk to him.
“Nothing is that bad. Nothing in life is worth taking your life. I’m here to help you. Please come down to talk to me,” Harris said in the video.
The man agreed to step down from the ledge. He was given a few minutes to talk with Harris before he was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for psychological evaluation.He will not face changes.
Atlanta Police say they’re thankful for T.I.’s assistance.
“He didn’t have to stop. He couldn’t kept on going about his business,” says Officer James Polite. “We’re happy it ended the way it did, and we thank him.”