Tragedy has struck Hip Hop again as rapper and comedian Freddy E. has allegedly committed suicide.

Prior to apparently taking his life, Freddy E. took to Twitter, where he apologized and said he loved a number of people, including his parents. He then revealed he had placed a gun to his head, and hinted that he would take his life.

The Seattle Times confirmed that Freddy E. died of a self-inflicted gunshot. He was 22 years old.

The family of Freddy E., who was reportedly signed to Tyga’s Last Kings label and dated Honey Cocaine, released the following statement.

“Today, 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. Tomorrow, Sunday, January 5th, 2013, we will be attending Fred’s Church, First AME, at 12:00 PM in Seattle, WA. You are invited to join us or send your prayers. Fred would appreciate that a great deal.”

HipHopDX would like to extend its condolences to the family and friends of Freddy E. at this time.