Tenn. mayor says her only child has died from drug overdose

Barry and her son Max in a photo from when he was younger. WKRN photo.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WNCN) — Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said Sunday that her only child has died of an apparent drug overdose.

The Barry family. WKRN image CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE

A statement released from Barry and her husband, Bruce, says 22-year-old Max Barry died Saturday night in Denver.

“Early this morning, we received news that no parents should ever have to hear,” the statement said. “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.”

Max Barry graduated in June from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

“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 statement said.


Max Barry attended Eakin Elementary, West End Middle School, and MLK High School before attending and graduating from University School of Nashville. He is survived by his parents, as well as grandparents Joyce Brody, Jan Mueller, and Ken Mueller.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


Megan Barry was sworn in as Nashville’s first female mayor in September 2015 with her husband and son by her side.

Messages of condolence can be sent to megan.barry@nashville.gov or Office of Mayor Megan Barry, 1 Public Square, Nashville, Tennessee, 37201.

Denver police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez declined to search the department’s records and logs for the police report of Barry’s death, saying that would violate the department’s policy of not identifying victims.

— WKRN contributed to this report

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