(FixThisNation.com) – Authorities have stated that Smiths Station mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland, who was also a First Baptist Church of Phoenix City pastor, died by suicide. The revelation came only a few days after photos of him dressed up as a woman emerged in a conservative news blog where it was alleged that Copeland had a secret double life where he appeared as a transgender woman.
Jay Jones, the Lee County Sheriff, stated that the man had taken his life on Friday evening. He further revealed that they had received a request at around 4:15 p.m. to perform a welfare check on Copeland on the day he committed suicide.
The officers were able to locate Copeland who was driving in Beaulah, which is only around 15 miles away from Smiths Station. Following a slow pursuit, Copeland got out of the vehicle, “produced a handgun” and proceeded to use it to commit suicide.
The news about Copeland allegedly having a secret life as a transgender woman had first been published on Wednesday at 1819 News. In the article, it was alleged that Copeland had a social media account where he identified as a “Transitioning Transgender Curvy Girl” and shared his own transgender erotica and fiction that he wrote online.
Copeland in an interview in 1819 had stated that the posts were a “fantasy” and “hobby” and something he had created in order to “relieve stress.” He had also commented that all the erotica was completely fictional. Copeland had also proceeded to delete all of the accounts and request that they be kept private because of the effects it could have on his life and family.
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