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T.I. helps get suicidal man safely off Atlanta high-rise ledge

October 13, 2010 |  7:03 pm

Rapper T.I. helps police rescue suicidal man Maybe it's a good thing rapper T.I. had to head back to Atlanta -- on Wednesday, he helped police prevent a suicidal man from jumping off the edge of a 22-story high-rise.

T.I. was on his way to shoot a music video when he heard about the situation on the radio and decided to offer his help, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Something in me just said, 'Man you gotta try and help. You gotta do whatever you can.'"

Police taped a video message from T.I. and sent it up to the potential jumper, who agreed to come down. The man chatted with the performer for a few minutes before he was taken to a hospital.

"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. "I just reminded him know that I know. It looks bad right now, but it can turn around."

The rapper "didn't have to stop. He could've kept on going about his business," a police officer told

the AJC. "We're happy it ended the way it did, and we thank him."

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, is due in an Atlanta court Friday to review the status of his probation -- he recently finished doing time for a weapons charge -- after he and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, were arrested on drug charges Sept. 1 on the Sunset Strip.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Rapper-turned-"Takers" actor T.I. at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills on Aug. 20, 2010. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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