Tyler Perry’s nephew appears to have killed himself behind bars — but the answer officials are giving the family doesn’t have them convinced it wasn’t foul play. Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ … the filmmaker’s 26-year-old nephew, Gavin Porter, was found dead in his cell Tuesday night at a prison facility near St. Helena Parish in Louisiana.
Gavin was arrested for shooting and killing his biological father back in 2016 — in front of his mother — after cops say an argument erupted between the two. He pleaded no contest to manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 years.
We’re told Gavin’s immediate family — which includes Tyler Perry’s sister, who’s Gavin’s mom — was told by prison officials he had hanged himself with a bed-sheet while in solitary confinement. Our sources say the officials told the family Gavin had gotten into a fight with another inmate over the weekend and was placed in solitary.
We’re told that around 6 PM, guards checked on Gavin and found nothing of concern. Our sources say guards came back at 8 PM Tuesday and found Gavin dead. He had hung himself with bed-sheets. We’re told the family has been notified there’s no foul play in the death — but our sources say Gavin’s family isn’t necessarily buying the story. We (TMZ) reached out to Tyler … so far, no word back.