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Disturbed man attempts to kill himself during live Today Show taping [VIDEO]

Posted at 11:00 AM, Jun 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-06 11:13:34-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) — A disturbed man caused a stir on the set of the Today show Thursday morning after police say he attempted to kill himself by cutting his wrists.

The unidentified man believed to be in his 50s was part of a group who gathered to watch the NBC newscast.

According to witnesses, just before 7:50 a.m. the man started going on a shouting rant about the IRS and how they “ruined” his life. The bizarre scene soon escalated when he pulled out a knife and began to cut himself.

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A disturbed man caused a stir on the set of the Today show Thursday morning after police say he attempted to kill himself by cutting his wrists. (Twitter via @SirAnduck)

The man attracted the attention of a security guard who proceeded to tackle him.

Video uploaded on YouTube captured the frightening moment.

Today show host Matt Lauer later addressed the incident at the top of the 8 o’clock hour of the newscast, crediting NBC security for subduing the man.

The man’s condition wasn’t immediately known. It’s unclear if he was a tourist or someone passing by the Today shoot.