A former Marine featured in the A&E docuseries “60 Days In” fatally shot himself in public in a Michigan town — after posting an online suicide note saying he couldn’t “keep going on,” according to his family.

Nate Burrell, 33, killed himself in downtown Allegan on Saturday night after posting the lengthy goodbye on Facebook, his sister, Chelsey Walker.

His post hinted at a split from his wife — who is pregnant with their son — and his fear of “all of the legal crap that would ensue after this with custody.”

However, Michigan court records obtained by People revealed he had been charged with five felony counts – including criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder – just days earlier on October 22.

Burrell was scheduled to be arraigned in court on November 9, nine days after his death.

‘This isn’t an admission of guilt,’ he began his Facebook post on October 31. ‘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.

‘I want to apologize to my family and friends for failing you. I know alot of you will think you could have changed my mind I ensure you, you wouldn’t. This isn’t a spontaneous thing,’ he wrote, saying he previously checked himself into a hospital for treatment when feeling suicidal.

Hours prior, Burrell had posted a lengthy message on Facebook writing that 'this is not an admission of guilt'

The reality TV star, who had just turned 33, had recently split from his wife, according to Walker.

In his Facebook message, he spoke directly to his estranged partner – referred to only as Jordan – and an apparent custody battle over their unborn child.

‘I can only imagine how bad this would all turn out, all of the legal crap that would ensue after this with custody and everything else,’ Burrell wrote. ‘You win! You have promised for weeks, you will ruin my life and I had no idea who I was messing with. You are right, I didn’t know who I was messing with.’

He continued by thanking family and friends for giving him ‘so much support through this,’ insisting he was grateful for everything they had done.

‘But we all have our day, our time to go, most feel like we shouldn’t decide that but I’m here to tell you I’ve made that decision and as hard as it was I am happy with my decision. “I’m done fighting the demons of my past, I’m done fighting the demons of today, and the demons of tomorrow,” he wrote, assuring his family there was nothing they could have done to save him.

‘For those who are mourning know I’m in such a better place. I’m no longer fighting the battles that have been causing so much pain in my mind and life. Waking up feeling worthless, lost, confused, and tired/exhausted. I know you all have told me that’s not who I am and I’m talented and have a good head on my shoulders, I appreciate you, but it doesn’t help how I feel.’

A former Marine who completed two combat tours in Iraq, Burrell was one of nine volunteers who entered jail for two months under assumed identities to put a spotlight on the problems behind bars for the A&E series.“Nathan loved his country, loved his family and was a very caring guy. 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,” his sister told TMZ.

In his note, Burrell also said America needs a better system for helping those with mental health issues, especially veterans.

“I finally get to join some of the friends that no longer walk this dark path that we have all fought for years,” he wrote.

 

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or are experiencing a mental health crisis, call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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10 thoughts on “Former Marine and Reality Star Kills Himself After Online Post”
  1. A lot of us feel down and out. We have emotions that reflect the moons phases. We need to understand when feeling distressed life will be better. Life is a Challenge, we need to be up to the task. God Bless our populous.

  2. So young! How sad that their personalities are changed and many are unable to handle the aggression that comes with it. May he Rest In Peace

  3. It is so said that he could not get the help he needed I pray that there is something good can come from what he told us our vet need more help i no what it like to feel like there is now way to stop those feeling I feel bad for his family most of all his unborn son it to bad they couldn’t work there differcy out there is also a need for more help for that kind of treatment to

  4. It saddens me to hear a marine couldn’t get help or speak with someone to put his mind at ease. He wanted to raise his son but now his son won’t get to know his dad. Regardless of the relationship he had with his sons mother, I’d like to think someone could or would of helped him. We all sometimes have struggles and demons in our lives but for a marine who fought to give us our freedom is upsetting. This is a reason the President wants to stop sending troops overseas. If they don’t come back unrecognizable, their heart is ruined by what they may witness or actually have to do. My thoughts & prayers to his family & son. I hope people tell his son what it takes to become a marine and he’s done good for our country. No matter what has caused all the problems he had, his son would benefit to hear the good things about his dad because he’ll have to live with the fact that his father took his own life. My opinion, spare the child details unless he asks & you believe he’s mature enough to accept. If he hears negativity, it’ll cause resentment and no matter what, it’s still his dad. Rest In Peace 🙏🏼 God Bless You All
    Tammy

    1. It’s Bipolar that triggers their lives.. It’s hard to live a normal life after the war.. I’ve seen my own brother like that, after the Vietnam war. There are medications to help them..They didn’t have those medication back then…It does help, only if they take it first thing in the morning..It finally worked for my brother..

  5. I have been locked up before it is unbelievable in jail and prison . Very bad , mental health runs rampant they don’t care more drugs is there answer , people need help not locking them up and drug ing them total waste of money I can prove it . When your released they give you $ 200 and kick you out . Most aren’t prepared for the new world because nobody helped them . California is ALL about money and keeping people locked up. I still haven’t received all my thins from the state it’s been 4 months . The wardens office ignores my letters and there are so many inmates in there that shouldn’t be I kid you not it is bad . Tax’s payers beware you are being ripped off and don’t even know it . Contact me e-mail and I will respond and be interviewed anytime .

  6. Sad outcome! There are no words that can console those left behind by one so young. I have often said that about the only remaining “frontier” left unknown, outside of the universe is the “human mind!”

    This young man has now added to the ’22 a day’ suicides committed by veterans. The veteran suicide number has been reported to have increased by 20% since the onset of this virus ‘shutdown.’ How sad are 24 veteran suicides a day, and what is being done to help reduce those numbers?

  7. It’s Bipolar that triggers their lives.. It’s hard to live a normal life after the war.. I’ve seen my own brother like that, after the Vietnam war. There are medications to help them..They didn’t have those medication back then…It does help, only if they take it first thing in the morning..It finally worked for my brother..

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