Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s son has Max Barry has reportedly died. Max Barry’s cause of death, according to reports, is due to drug overdose.
A statement released by the Mayor and her husband, Bruce Berry, said that their son passed away Saturday night in Denver. The two asked for privacy for the family saying that they face a starkly different life without their son and “without his laughter and love.”
The couple Megan and Bruce Berry described their son, the couple’s only child as a kind soul. In a statement, the two, said, “Early this morning, we received news that no parents should ever have to hear…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.”
53-year old Megan Christine Barry is the 7th mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, a post she has held since 2015. She is the first woman to hold the post, and the first Metro mayor to have previously served on the Nashville-Davidson Metropolitan Council. As a councilor, she performed the first same-sex wedding in Nashville in 2015. As mayor, Barry announced the opening of an Ikea store in Nashville, scheduled for 2020. In May 2017, she was criticized by Black Lives Matter for her handling of the shooting of Jocques Clemmons.
The Mayor holds a bachelor’s degree from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega. She also earned an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University in 1993.
The Mayor’s son Max Barry graduated in June from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. The statement from his parents went on to add, “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 liv…They will not be available for interviews until further notice.”
Reports suggest that funeral arrangements for Max are pending. The Tennessean reported a visitation is set for Monday evening at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, and a memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday morning at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville.