Earlier this week, it was announced that rapper DaBaby‘s brother had died. In light of his death, DaBaby is speaking about the importance of mental health awareness, including changes that he plans to make in his own life. He posted several messages on both Instagram and Twitter to honor his brother and talk about the issue,
DaBaby’s older brother recently died
Several local Charlotte news stations, including the ABC affiliate WSOC and Fox 46 reported that the rapper’s brother, Glenn Johnson, died on Tuesday. He was found in a parking lot on Berkeley Place Drive, which is off of Mallard Creek Church Road in east Charlotte.
At the time of publishing, none of the media outlets have specifically reported it was a death by suicide and mainly just referred to it as a death investigation. But as the Charlotte Observer notes, police perceive his wound to be self-inflicted.
As TMZ reported, Johnson posted a video that day in which he was crying while he was in the car with a gun. He appeared to be upset and said that he had been “wronged a lot in the past.” Outside of other immediate family members like DaBaby, he Johnson is survived by four children, three daughters and a son.
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According to Billboard, DaBaby changed his Instagram bio to read “LONG LIVE MY BROTHER.” He also referenced his brother’s death on his Instagram Stories, referencing lines that he talked about his brother in his song ‘Intro.”
The lyrics from “Intro” state: “My brother be thinkin’ that we don’t love him and let him struggle like we ain’t family Like I won’t give up all I got to see you happy, n***a.”
DaBaby spoke about the impact of his brother’s death on social media
In a tweet on Thursday, DaBaby spoke once again about his brother’s death and advocated for awareness surrounding the issue of mental health.
He wrote in part, “#MentalHealthAwareness! If you can’t get over depression GET HELP, you see a loved one struggling get them help, they refuse the help, MAKE em get treated anyway. You suffer from PTSD take that s**t serious & get help!”
He also noted that he about to start going to a therapist as well. “I’m bouta get a therapist my d**n self! #LongLiveG,” the rapper said.
Our thoughts are with DaBaby and all of Johnson’s family and loved ones at this time.