On Monday evening (Feb. 1), shortly after news broke of the 23-year-old artist, born Richard “Ricky” Lamar Hawk, being taken into custody, his rep spoke out about her client via Instagram. She revealed that he has been battling mental health issues for some time.
“Please send my client Silento some positive vibrations,” the statement began. “Over the past several years, Ricky has been suffering immensely from a series of mental health illnesses. We will continue in his efforts of treatment, but we ask in the meantime the public uplifts him and his family in immediate prayers & positive energy!!.”
The rep added, “Ricky is a beautiful soul, and we hope that the same people who came up whippin’ and nay naying with him, continue to support him and lifted in prayer!!.”
As previously reported, Silento, known for his hit song “Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae),” was arrested and booked at the DeKalb County Jail yesterday evening for felony murder. He was taken into custody by the Dekalb County Police Department, who confirmed via Twitter that the 34-year-old man that was killed was Silento’s cousin, Frederick Rooks.
Law enforcement says that Rooks sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his face and arms. There were also eight shell casings found where Rooks’ body was laying in the roadway in the Panthersville-area of Georgia.
The incident took place on Jan. 21, just two days before Silento’s birthday on Jan. 23.
Last September, Silento was arrested for a domestic dispute in Santa Ana, Calif. The next day, he was taken into custody by the LAPD after entering a random home wielding a hatchet while looking for his girlfriend. He fled the scene, but was apprehended blocks away from the home.
The following month, Silento was arrested on numerous driving-related offense in Atlanta after getting pulled over for speeding over 140 MPH.
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