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Rapper T.I. helps rescue a suicidal man

After hearing about the potential jumper on the city's V-103 radio station, which is housed in the same building where the man was threatening to leap to his death, T.I. rushed to the scene, which was surrounded by law enforcement and crowd.

Rap superstar T.I. has become the life saver. On Wednesday, Oct. 13, the hip-hop star saved the life of a young man who wanted to commit suicide, according to multiple tabloid reports.

The Grammy award winning artist, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was able to convince the suicidal man who threatened to jump to his death from a multi-storied building at 1201 Peachtree Street in Atlanta, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

On Wednesday, a man ascended to the roof of a 22-story Colony Square building
on Peachtree Street just before 4 p.m., threatening to jump to his death.

Rapper volunteered to help suicidal man
After hearing about the potential jumper on the city's V-103 radio station, which is housed in the same building where the man was threatening to leap to his death, T.I. rushed to the scene, which was surrounded by law enforcement and crowd, the AJC site reports.

The rapper then volunteered to help police persuade the stranger coax him not to commit suicide.

The man, who was not identified by police, was later taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for a psychological evaluation.

T.I.’s words saved a life
The chart-topping MC told WSB Radio he immediately taped a quick video message of himself on a cell phone which was then sent to the man, who is about 25 years old, on the roof.

“Something in me just said, ‘man you gotta try and help. You gotta do whatever you can,'" the rapper said.

"I told him it ain't that bad. It'll get better, to put the time and effort into making it better," T.I. said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. "I just reminded him know that I know. It looks bad right now, but it can turn around."

Suicidal man convinced
Police confirmed to The AJC that T.I. volunteered to help talking to the man down.

"He came to the scene and offered to talk to him, we told the young man that, and he came down," Officer James Polite told the site.

Once the man agreed to leave the roof after seeing the video, he was greeted by the Atlanta rapper in the lobby, where they chatted for a few minutes.

The man, who was not identified by police, was later taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for a psychological evaluation.

Polite said the man would not face charges.

Police praises rapper for unexpected help
The law enforcement authorities praised the celebrity for his unexpected and quick help and credited him with helping avoid a potentially devastating event.

"He didn't have to stop. He could've kept on going about his business," Polite said. "We're happy it ended the way it did, and we thank him."

However, the rapper said, "For one, I'm not taking any credit. I didn't do it... I could've just as well came down there and it could have been resolved in another way. The fact of the matter is that God put me in a position to help, and I can't take any credit for that."

T.I. has had his own legal troubles
The rapper’s Good Samaritan move follows recent run-ins with the law. T.I. is due in court Friday for a parole hearing after being arrested on suspicion of drug possession last month in Los Angeles.

The lyricist is on supervised release after spending a year in prison on federal weapons charges.

About the multi-talented artist
Born on Sept. 25, 1980 in Atlanta, Georgia, Harris Jr. is best known by the stage name T.I.

A man of many talents, the multiplatinum recording artist has hits such as 'Live Your Life' and 'Whatever You Like.' He made his acting debut in March 2006 in 'ATL,' an American movie that was directed by Chris Robinson with a screenplay by Tina Gordon Chism.

T.I. won two Grammy Awards in 2006 for best rap solo performance and best rap/sung collaboration. Harris released his sixth album 'Paper Trail' on Sept. 30, 2008.

He has had three straight No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, including 'Paper Trail.' Harris will be appearing in the film 'Takers' in February 2010.

He is the key performer in the current top box office movie 'Takers,' which was released in late August.

T.I. wed his longtime sweetheart Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle, a 36-year-old singer with the group Xscape, on July 30 in a secret Miami ceremony. They have two sons together.