Texas Rep.-elect Dan Crenshaw said he called Pete Davidson after hearing about the disturbing social media message the "Saturday Night Live" star posted over the weekend.
Crenshaw, the former Navy SEAL who wears an eyepatch on his right eye after he was injured by an I.E.D. in Afghanistan, was mocked by Davidson on "SNL" in November. Crenshaw told KPRC Houston (via The Hollywood Reporter) that he reached out to the star after seeing the 25-year-old's social media message.
"I talked to him personally [Sunday]," he said. "We don't go back very far. We're not good friends. But, I think he appreciated hearing from me. I told him everyone had a purpose in this world. God put you here for a reason. It's your job to find that purpose. And you should live that way."
Davidson posted a cryptic photo to Instagram on Saturday which said: "I really don't want to be on his earth anymore. I'm doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don't know how much longer can last. all I've ever tried to do was help people. just remember I told you so.
Davidson was later confirmed to be fine Saturday by the New York Police Department, which visited NBC Studios to check up on him following the alarming post. He briefly appeared on Saturday night's show when he introduced musical guests Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson and Sean Ono Lennon.
"Know you have value," Crenshaw said he told Davidson. "Especially a guy like that: sometimes he makes people laugh. Sometimes makes peopled mad. But he makes people laugh a lot. It was a good conversation."
Earlier this month, Davidson stated on Instagram that he'd been bullied for months both before and after his split from fiancée Ariana Grande in October. He said he'd spoken about his borderline personality disorder and about "being suicidal publicly only in the hopes that it will bring awareness and help kids like myself who don't want to be on this earth."
"I just want you guys to know. No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won't. I'm upset I even have to say this," Davidson wrote at the time.
His most recent Instagram post followed a public spat between Grande and rapper Kanye West, in which West shot back at Grande on Twitter after she seemingly joked about his apparent feud with fellow artist Drake while trying to promote her new song.
Crenshaw and Davidson shared the "SNL" stage last month after the comic apologized for mocking the incoming congressman.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.