Friends and fans feared the worst after former 'American Idol' contestant Josh Gracin posted what many interpreted as a suicide note to his Facebook account late Thursday afternoon (Aug. 14).

Gracin posted the following cryptic message:

Josh Gracin Facebook
Josh Gracin Facebook

The message seems most likely to be about Gracin's wife, whom he married in 2001. His Facebook and Twitter feeds were immediately flooded with messages from concerned friends and fans, who reached out with prayers and words of comfort for the singer. Others begged him to answer his phone and let them help him.

According to TMZ, police rushed to the singer's home in Spring Hill, Tenn., just outside of Nashville, after a family member saw the ominous post and called authorities. When they arrived at Gracin's house they found his wife at home, but not Gracin. The site reports that police were subsequently able to contact the singer by phone.

Police intercepted the singer on his way home and reported that he was safe. Gracin agreed to drive himself to a hospital with a police escort, where he was admitted on a 5150 psychiatric hold.

At around 8 PM ET, Josh's manager wrote that "Josh is safe and with his family now. We ask that you please respect their privacy during this time and continue sending your well wishes." Another post reports that Gracin's appearance at Live on the Levee in Charleston, W.V. has been cancelled. Trent Tomlinson will take his place.

Gracin himself posted on Facebook around 10:30 PM ET, saying, "To all of you.. I apologize dearly for what I have put you through today… I am ok and I am getting help. I am so sorry to all of you.”

Gracin competed on Season 2 of 'Idol,' placing fourth. After the show, he returned to complete his service in the Marines before signing with Lyric Street Records. He released his self-titled debut album in 2004, scoring a No. 1 hit with 'Nothin' to Lose.' He most recently released a song titled 'I Want It Gone' in 2013.

He and his wife have three daughters and a son together.

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