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Nate Burrell, a regular fixture on A&E’s “60 Days In,” has died by suicide, shortly after being charged in a sexual assault case.
Burrell fatally shot himself in the downtown area of Allegan, Michigan on Saturday evening, his sister, Chelsey Walker, confirmed to TMZ. He was 33 years old.
Burrell’s suicide comes in the midst of a criminal investigation. Late last month, Michigan prosecutors charged him with five felonies, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, PEOPLE reports. He was scheduled to appear in court for his arraignment on Nov. 9, according to the outlet.
Burrell was known for his appearance on seasons three and four of the A&E docu-series “60 Days In,” which follows individuals as they go undercover and spend two months in jail. Burrell was a veteran, having served as a Marine from 2006 to 2010 as well as in the Marine Corp Reserves until 2013, when he was honorably discharged, according to his bio on the show’s website. He earned his associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement the following year.
The show describes Burrell as an aspiring law enforcement officer who participated in the show in order to learn more about “the people that he will be putting away” and to bond with his community as well as his brother, who faced prison time in the past.
Prior to taking his own life, Burrell posted a lengthy suicide note on his Facebook page suggesting he'd recently split with his wife and referring to the child, a son, he had on the way.
“This isn't an admission of guilt,” he wrote. “I'm just tired, I've been through so much in my life, the pain of my situation now hurts more than I ever imagined. I can't keep going on.”
Burrell’s sister remembered her brother as a good person who was in a “bad place” in a statement to TMZ.
"Nathan loved his country, loved his family and was a very caring guy,” she said. “He was just in a bad place. He was very proud of being on '60 Days In,' and he really cherished his time on that show.”
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