On Wednesday night, Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson reportedly drove to a bridge in Mount Washington and shot himself in his chin. The 57-year-old’s body was found on the river bank, not far from the bridge, according to WDRB. The Bullitt County coroner has already called it a "probable suicide.”
Just hours before his death, Johnson posted this on his Facebook page: “The accusations from NPR are false GOD and only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the way they make it out to be. AMERICA will not survive this type of judge and jury fake news . Conservatives take a stand. I LOVE GOD and I LOVE MY WIFE, who is the best WIFE in the world,My Love Forever ! My Mom and Dad my FAMILY and all five of my kids and Nine grandchildren two in tummies and many more to come each of you or a total gift from GOD stay strong, REBECCA needs YOU . 9-11-2001 NYC/WTC, PTSD 24/7 16 years is a sickness that will take my life, I cannot handle it any longer. IT Has Won This Life . BUT HEAVEN IS MY HOME. “PLEASE LISTEN CLOSELY, Only Three things I ask of you to do,if you love me is (1)blame no person,Satan is the accuser, so blame the Devil himself. (2) Forgive and Love everyone especially yourself .(3)most importantly LOVE GOD. P.S. I LOVE MY FRIENDS YOU ARE FAMILY ! GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE NO MATTER WHAT !”
On Thursday, National Public Radio published an article in which they stated, “NPR neither investigated the story nor aired or published it. The accusations of sexual assault were part of an unflattering profile of Johnson published Monday by Louisville Public Media's Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. The initiative is the creation of Louisville Public Media, a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation that operates three NPR member stations, WUOL, WFPK and WFPL.”
In the Monday report, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting referenced obtained court documents about an alleged molestation from 2012. A 17-year-old claimed that while staying at the Heart of Fire City Church where Johnson was a pastor, Johnson fondled her. On Tuesday, Johnson held a press conference where he denied those accusations.
On Wednesday someone called police regarding the Republican politician's welfare after reading his concerning Facebook post. By then, it was too late. Police pinged his phone and soon discovered his dead body.
Michael Skoler, the president of Louisville Public Media released a statement: "All of us at Louisville Public Media are deeply sad to hear that State Representative Dan Johnson has died, apparently of suicide. We grieve for his family, friends, church community and constituents.Our Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting released a report on Johnson this week. Our aim, as always, is to provide the public with fact-based, unbiased reporting and hold public officials accountable for their actions. As part of our process, we reached out to Representative Johnson numerous times over the course of a seven-month investigation. He declined requests to talk about our findings."