NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The autopsy of Max Barry, son of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, revealed his cause of death was due to combined drug intoxication.
The autopsy states the 22-year-old had a mixture of alprazolam (anxiety medication), hydromorphone (pain medication), liquid methadone (pain reliever), and THC in his system when he passed away July 29 at a home in Littleton, Colorado.
The autopsy also indicated Max had recently used cocaine.
Hypertensive cardiovascular disease and hepatic steatosis are significant contributing factors, the forensic pathologist noted.
Mayor Megan Barry revealed earlier this week that her son went to rehab last summer for a month. During a CNN appearance on Tuesday, she said her son seemed to be on the right track to recovery but made a choice he cannot undo.
The mayor and her husband said they decided almost immediately they would openly discuss with the public how their son died.
“My hope is that it will inspire other parents out there to have frank conversations with their own children and if that saves one life, that’s a blessing,” Mayor Barry said.
Max’s life was celebrated and memorialized last Tuesday during a ceremony at the Belcourt Theater. Hundreds of people, including the Tennessee governor, went to support the Barry family.