Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper cuts off own penis before suicide attempt, doctors unable to reattach it
Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper Andre Johnson reportedly cut off his own penis before attempting suicide, TMZ reported, noting that doctors were unable to reattach it.
Johnson, 40, cut off his member before leaping from the balcony of his second-floor North Hollywood home Wednesday. The severed penis followed Johnson to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where doctors failed to fix the flayed man.
Johnson - whose rapper name is Christ Bearer - is a member of the group Northstar, founded by Wu-Tang Clan member RZA. The producer backed the duo for their 2004 debut album, "RZA Presents Northstar," but hasn't worked with the group for several years since, the New York Daily News reports.
Neighbors say that Johnson managed to get back on his feet after taking the dive from his balcony shortly before 1 a.m. Emergency responders found him lying in a pool of blood and immediately rushed him to the hospital where his critical injuries were treated.
Several rappers were present during the bizarre episode, and claimed that Johnson's supposed mental health issues, and not drugs, caused the frenzy.
No one in the apartment was doing "any hard drugs that would cause him to do such a thing," neighbors said, according to the Daily News.
Interestingly, a music video featuring Johnson and Rugged Monk for a song titled "Oooh!" went up Wednesday, just hours before the penis-chopping incident, according to E! News.
About 20 years ago, a similar case rocked, and fascinated, the nation. Frustrated Virginia housewife Lorena Bobbitt hacked off her own husband's penis while he was in a drunken stupor, a related Daily News story reported.
Lorena claimed that husband John Wayne Bobbit sexually abused her, openly admitted to several affairs, and "forced" her to have an abortion.
Loretta was found innocent for malicious wounding by reason of insanity.
Unlike rapper Johnson, John and his severed member were successfully reunited.