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It's quite possible he heard another kid say it (who may have heard it from TV, or an adult, or all kinds of places--there are even jokes about suicide on the old Bugs Bunny cartoons) and realized that it's a phrase that gets people's attention. Much like an f-bomb or "I hate you" or anything like that.
I'm guessing, this being Teh Intarwebz, someone is going to freak out and suggest that you take your kid to the ER or something. Obviously I don't KNOW that that is an overreaction, but I would say 99% of the time in a 6 year old, a phrase like that is being tossed around for a reaction, to express in the strongest terms possible "I am unhappy with the present situation and angry", and not an actual threat of suicide. I'd listen carefully to what your own gut reaction is--NOT your anxiety and worst case fears, but what you really intuit about him. It's probably not something that requires lights and sirens, but maybe just some careful thinking and talking to see what's getting under his skin.
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