Nashville Mayor Megan Barry suffered tragic news over the weekend when her son passed away unexpectedly, according to CNN.
“Early this morning, we received news that no parents should ever have to hear. Our son Max suffered from an overdose and passed away,” the statement from the family said. “We cannot begin to describe the pain and heartbreak that comes with losing our only child.”
Max Barry, 22, was in Denver, Colorado when he passed away. The family describes him as a “kind soul full of life and love for his family and friends.”
Barry was a recent graduate from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Before enrolling there, he attended Eakin Elementary School, West End Middle School, and MLK High School in Nashville. He graduated high school from University School of Nashville.
“Everything Max did was outsized,” said Dean Masullo, Max’s former adviser at the University School. “He was an enormous personality. You knew when he walked into a room that he was there. He was funny.”
“He had a great sense of humor that he clearly got from his dad. He was smart, he was personable, he was empathetic, he cared deeply about his friends and his family and he loved his school and all of the people in his life,” said Masullo.
“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 family said.
Support has poured in from a number people close to the Barry family, including former classmates and teachers. Political figures have also shared condolences, including New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Representative Jim Cooper.
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