UPDATE: Timbaland: ‘Why Would I Commit Suicide?’
First Published: August 25, 2010 3:24 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Despite reports that mega-producer/rapper Timbaland attempted suicide on Tuesday, Los Angeles sheriff’s department officials told Access Hollywood they were only contacted to help locate the Grammy Award winner. Meanwhile, Timbaland himself is now speaking up to clarify the whole story.
Department spokesman Steve Whitmore told Access they received a call to help find Timbaland, whose real name is Timothy Mosley, after his family was unable to locate him on Tuesday evening. Authorities told Access that Timbaland’s family expressed concern about him after some of his jewelry went missing and he left his home.
Whitmore said reports of a manhunt for Timbaland are “significantly overblown” and a helicopter was used to locate the music star because it was already in the Malibu area, where Timbaland was eventually found.
Authorities are investigating the alleged theft of Timbaland’s missing jewelry.
Early Wednesday morning, Ryan Seacrest told listeners on his LA radio morning show, “On Air With Ryan Seacrest,” that he heard Timbaland had attempted suicide.
Ryan later Tweeted, “Got word my friend timbaland attempted suicide. I am hearing now that is not true that [he] is ok!!”
Timbaland called into Ryan’s radio show and cleared up the false reports.
“I don’t even know what happened. To be honest with you, I don’t even know what [people] are talking about,” he told Ryan, explaining that reports of a missing watch are false, but did add that something – which he did not identify – was, in fact, missing from his home.
“The only thing I did was take a drive to figure out how I’m gonna handle it,” he explained. “They probably thought cuz I wasn’t talking, so I guess people got worried… what I tell people is, if my mom ain’t calling, or my brother, or my best friend, then ain’t nothing to worry about.”
Timbaland confirmed that he was pulled over by authorities but said there was never a suicide attempt.
“Why would I commit suicide?” he said, adding, “I just got back from the studio, I don’t know how a person who commits suicide can be in the studio… I’m just finishing up Keri’s album, Keri Hilson’s.”
A rep for Timbaland was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Access.
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