Frederick Jay Bowdy (August 26, 1983 - January 23, 2017) was an American actor, model and dancer who resided in Los Angeles, California. He committed suicide while streaming Facebook live. Jay would have played Detective Jarvis on Lockwood.
Jay was born in San Antonio, Texas on August 26, 1983, the first of two children of Lisa (Felton), and Frederick Eugene Bowdy, and the fifth of nine biological and step siblings of Tanya (Calloway). He grew up in multiple areas, including south Arlington, Texas and mostly in South Fort Worth, Texas. He attended Trimble Tech High School.
On January 23, 2017, the aspiring actor from Texas killed himself in North Hollywood while broadcasting on Facebook's live stream. Bowdy told followers watching via live stream that he was going to commit suicide, prompting out-of-state family members to call the Los Angeles Police Departments around 5:30 a.m. (PST). Police tried to reach Bowdy, who was in a car near Cumpston Street and Fulcher Avenue, but he killed himself before officers made contact with him. He was 33 years old.
Bowdy was a recent transplant to Southern California from Texas, where he had worked as a teacher and coach in the Fort Worth area. He also owned a semi-professional basketball team in Fort Worth. In a video posted to his official Facebook page, he discussed some of the challenges he faced growing up. He raised two children while attending college and later fathered four more kids.
Users on Facebook who viewed the video expressed shock and sadness, and some wondered if it was a hoax since Bowdy was an actor. The video was later removed by Facebook, according to the company.
In the summer of 2014, he met Fred Tee, who had an idea of Jay performing in a short-film using his looks and height to bring a spark to the film. Bowdy loved the idea and the pursuit to become a legitimized actor. Since his start he has done over 15 projects, and was also a finalist for reality shows The Island on NBC and Big Brother 17 on CBS. In summer 2015, he secured the lead role in independent feature films Prepper and Social Path. He also landed a series regular role on the upcoming television series, Lockwood.
Pursuing basketball, he was able to escape the streets of south Fort Worth, Texas with the attendance of Southwestern Christian College and University of West Georgia; receiving Associates and Bachelors from the respective schools. He would later attend University of Texas-Arlington to receive his Masters. With all the success with schooling, he was still left short with basketball with new and reoccurring injuries.