Mayor of Nashville confirms her son has died of an apparent overdose

Posted at 12:40 PM, Jul 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-30 19:24:35-04

Megan Barry, the mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, announced Sunday that her son, Max, has died.

According to a statement from the mayor's office, Max Barry died Saturday evening in Denver of an apparent drug overdose. He was 22.

He graduated in June from the University of Puget Sound. He's survived by his parents, as well as grandparents Joyce Brody, Jan Mueller, and Ken Mueller.

Barry and her husband Bruce released the following statement:

“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.

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.”

Condolences to the Barry family poured in on Sunday. Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk released the following statement:

"While I cannot begin to understand the pain of losing a child, my deepest condolences and heartfelt sorrow are extended to Mayor Megan Barry and her husband, Bruce. Mayor Barry was very proud of her beloved son, Max. It is important for us, as a city, to keep our Mayor in our thoughts and prayers."

The Nashville community also expressed its condolences through social media.















Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, also reached out to Mayor Barry through Twitter:



A visitation has been planned to remember Max at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 31.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 1 at the Belcourt Theatre. Doors will open for the service at 8:30 a.m.