"I won't go to jail! I'd kill myself first!" A deeply depressed JOHN EDWARDS – facing a possible criminal indictment that could put him behind bars – blurted out those shocking words to close friends, who fear the disgraced politician could take his own life, The ENQUIRER reports in a bombshell world exclusive.
"I think John IS suicidal," a close source told The ENQUIRER.
"He knows that if he's indicted, prosecutors will try to get him to serve jail time and make an example of him.
"He's absolutely despondent over the fear of prison. Over the past year, he's lost about 20 pounds, and friends are concerned that he's escaping reality with booze.
"In early March, his legal team told him there was a strong chance he could be indicted, and John completely lost it. He cried his eyes out and said, 'I won't go to jail! I'd kill myself first!'"
The former North Carolina senator and two time Presidential loser has been under federal grand jury investigation since April 2009 for possible campaign law violations related to paying his mistress Rielle Hunter.
Both the FBI and IRS have been involved in the probe, as The ENQUIR ER previously reported in a series of exhaustive investigative reports.
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