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Posted: April 16, 2014

Rapper reportedly survives self-mutilation, suicide attempt


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            Rapper reportedly survives self-mutilation, suicide attempt
A photo taken from the Facebook page for Christ Bearer of Northstar. The man in photo was not specifically identified on Facebook as Andre Johnson, but the photo was used in ads (left) to promote Christ Bearer and Northstar. Rapper Andre Johnson, who reportedly goes by the stage name Christ Bearer, jumped from a Los Angeles balcony Wednesday, according to police.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. —

Andre Johnson, a member of the rap group Northstar, severed his penis and jumped from a Los Angeles apartment building early Wednesday, according to police and media reports.

According to TMZ, the jump from the second floor balcony may have been a suicide attempt. Johnson goes by the stage name Christ Bearer.

UPDATE: An early story from TMZ and repeated in many initial online reports indicated Johnson also used the stage name Andre Roxx, but according to The Epoch Times, that report was incorrect. Epoch Times reports Andre Roxx is a different rapper who was affiliated with Wu-Tang Clan and was not the one who jumped from the building.

CNN reports that L.A. police indicated Johnson was seriously injured, but survived the fall from the building in North Hollywood. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai hospital in critical condition.

According to the TMZ report, fellow Northstar members lived in the building and told TMZ that Johnson was not on "any hard drugs that would cause him to do such a thing."

A Facebook page titled Chirst Bearer of Northstar shows several promotional posters for the group Northstar.