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UPDATED Josh Gracin Under Psychiatric Evaluation

photo courtesy Lyric Street Records

On Friday (August 15), Josh's Facebook page offered this update:

"As many of you know, Josh Gracin has been battling depression and as a result found himself in a personal crisis yesterday. Thanks to the outpouring of concern from family, friends, fans and the police, Josh was admitted to the hospital for observation.

With family by his side, Josh has since been discharged from the hospital and has voluntarily checked himself into an inpatient facility to seek the help he needs.

Josh has released the following statement:

'I want to thank you all for your prayers and support. I take responsibility for my actions and apologize dearly for what I have put my family through. With the help of my family and friends, I am getting help. Again, thank you for your love and I will see you very soon.'”

It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from American Idol contestant and country artist Josh Gracin. And while details are sketchy, it seems that Josh may have been dealing with some personal issues that came to a head after a family member saw a post the former marine made on Facebook on Thursday.

The post has been taken down, but according to TMZ it read as follows:

“I’ve loved her for 17 years…I made mistakes…I admitted them, told her the truth and she turned her back on me when I needed her help the most…I love you all…You have given me the greatest gift. You allowed me to touch your hearts with what I loved to do the most. Please remember me as someone who gave his all in his music…Pray for my family as they carry on in this world without me. Goodbye.”

TMZ also reports that police were contacted and dispatched to Josh’s Spring Hill, Tenn., home, but he was not there. Law enforcement was able to contact him on the phone, then put his wife on the phone with him until he came home and was escorted to the hospital for evaluation.

Thursday evening someone claiming to be Josh’s manager, Amy, posted messages on Facebook and Twitter saying that he was safe and with his family. Updates to come.

Josh last had chart success in 2007 with the Top 10 hit “We Weren’t Crazy.” After finishing in the Top 4 on the second season of American Idol, Josh got country music attention with his debut single, “I Want to Live.” He is perhaps best know for the No. 1, rapid-fire  “Nothin’ to Lose” and its follow-up, “Stay With Me (Brass Bed).”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Josh and his family.

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