Nashville mayor's son dies of apparent drug overdose


The 22-year old son of Nashville mayor, Megan Barry, has died in an apparent drug overdose.

The mayor of Nashville has lost her 22-year old son, Max Barry, to an apparent drug overdose.
The mayor of Nashville has lost her 22-year old son in an apparent drug overdose.

Nashville's mayor Megan Barry has often sought the comfort of her city during times of tragedy. Now, Nashvillians are sending their support to their mayor after her only son, Max Barry, has died of an apparent drug overdose.

He was 22 years old.

Max's body was found in a suburb in Littleton, Colorado - a suburb of Denver. He had recently moved there after graduating college.

Max was often at his mothers side during campaigning and speaking events.

“Early this morning, we received news that no parents should ever have to hear," Megan and Bruce Barry said in a brief statement Sunday morning. "Our son Max suffered from an overdose and passed away. We cannot begin to describe the pain and heartbreak that comes with losing our only child. Our son was a kind soul full of life and love for his family and friends.

“Our family would greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers, and would respectfully ask for privacy as we mourn the loss of our child and begin to understand a world without his laughter and love in our lives.”

The mayor has received an out pour of support, and condolences from the city, state, and nation.

"This is a terrible tragedy that no family should have to suffer," said U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville. "My heart goes out to Megan and Bruce. They are such wonderful people."

"No parent should ever live to see the passing of a child," Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall tweeted. "The sheriff's office family and I send our thoughts and prayers to Mayor Megan Barry."

"Our hearts break for Mayor Megan Barry," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote on Twitter. "Please keep her family in your thoughts."

"Heartbroken," wrote The Rev. John Faison Sr., pastor of Watson Grove Church in Nashville. "May God's strength be yours, Mayor Megan Barry. Praying for you and your family. Nashville, let's love this family through."

Max Barry, above, photographed at his mothers swearing in after being elected Mayor of Nashville.

An official cause of death has not yet been determined, but officials suspect a drug overdose.

"At some point that evening, they found that Max was not responsive, and they couldn't get a response from him, so they called 911," said Mark Techmeyer, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Techmeyer said Max Barry was visiting a friend's house in Littleton, Colo. for the day and was with two friends at the time of his death.

He was pronounced dead around 9 p.m. Saturday night after emergency responders attempted CPR, Techmeyer said.

Police said Max Barry's death is still an open investigation, but that the case is not considered suspicious in nature and they are not searching for a suspect.

Young Max Barry with his mother and current Nashville governor, Megan Barry.



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Nashville mayor's son dies of apparent drug overdose
The 22-year old son of Nashville mayor, Megan Barry, has died in an apparent drug overdose.
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