08/01/2013 09:39 GMT | Updated 08/01/2013 16:54 GMT

Frederick Eugene Buhl, 'Freddy E' Dead, Rapper Commits Suicide On Twitter

The death of a 22-year-old rapper has been confirmed - days after he posted a series of Tweets in which he threatened to take his own life.

Seattle singer Freddy E began tweeting about "heartbreak" and claiming "God was calling him home" on January 5.

He bid farewell to his mother and father and claimed he had his finger on the trigger of a gun.

According to CBS News, Kings County medical examiners have said he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

His body was found in Renton, a small urban city about 10 miles south of Seattle. He was best-known for his YouTube program "Jerk TV", which featured satirical and profane segments and skits.

Nick Fletcher, of the Medical Examiner's Office, told the Seattle Times suicide is the presumed cause of death but that an autopsy was yet to take place.

The rapper's family confirmed his death on Facebook.

The statement said: "Our son, Frederick Eugene Buhl (@freddy_e), age 22 years old, took his own life with a rifle shot to the head.

"Our family is saddened beyond words; our loss is great; this tragedy is enormous and unforeseen. Not only our family, but the world has lost a talented, sensitive, brilliant young man who lit up our existence with his. We love him a great deal, and he will be sorely missed. We pray that God will now watch over him, and we ask all of you to include Frederick and our entire family in your thoughts and prayers."

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