NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Max Barry, the only son of Mayor Megan Barry and her husband Bruce, died from an apparent overdose in a suburb of Denver, Colorado, Saturday evening.
On Sunday, Mayor Barry and Bruce Barry released a statement on their tragic loss, saying, “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,” the statement continued.
“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,” it concluded.
Jenny Fulton with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado told News 2 they responded to a home around 9 p.m. Saturday night. Another official said he was with two friends who went to pick up dinner, and when they came back to the house, they found him unresponsive. Emergency personnel tried CPR and were unsuccessful.
The Associated Press reports an autopsy was planned for Sunday and an official cause or manner of death would not be declared until it was complete. Authorities said his death was not considered suspicious.
Max, 22, graduated in June from the University of Puget Sound. He attended Eakin Elementary, West End Middle School, and Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School before attending and graduating from University School of Nashville.
“Everything Max did was outsized. 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 Dean Masullo, Max’s former advisor at USN.
News 2 spoke with a former classmate, Michelle Manus, who’s known Max since he was in seventh grade. They then attended MLK high school together.
“Max had great character and was well-respected by everyone at MLK. He was just very friendly and honestly just a great guy,” she said.
“I just think the saddest part about is hearing the news, thinking about how many people would be affected because he was so well-loved,” she added.
He is survived by his parents, as well as grandparents Joyce Brody, Jan Mueller, and Ken Mueller.
A visitation will be held at the Martha Rivers Ingram Center for the Performing Arts at the Blair School of Music, 2400 Blakemore Ave, from 5 until 8 p.m. on Monday.
A memorial will be held at the Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Ave, starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday with doors opening at 8:30 a.m.
In memory of Max, contributions can be made to the Oasis Center or Nashville Humane Association.
Messages of condolence can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or Office of Mayor Megan Barry, 1 Public Sq, Nashville, TN 37201.