Usher to Skip ESPY Awards After Stepson's Tragic Accident

Celebrity News Jul. 11, 2012 AT 12:00PM
Usher is interviewed during his New Look Foundation 2012 World Leadership conference on June 22, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. Usher is interviewed during his New Look Foundation 2012 World Leadership conference on June 22, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The show must go on, albeit, without Usher.

The Grammy-winning singer will no longer be presenting at Wednesday night's 2012 ESPY Awards in L.A., a rep for ESPN confirms to Us Weekly.

It comes as no surprise that the singer, 33, is laying low in light of his family's recent tragedy: his stepson, Kile Glover, was declared brain dead after a tragic jet ski accident on Friday. (Usher was married to Kile's mom, Tameka Foster, from 2007 through 2009. They were engaged in a heated custody battle over their sons Usher Raymond V, 4, and Naviyd, 3, prior to the tragedy.)

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"He grew close to Kile and, of course, that has nothing to do with the situation with Tameka," a source tells Us. "He loved Kile. This is a terrible, awful tragedy. Usher is torn up."

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Glover, 11, was struck in the head by a passing jet ski on Friday afternoon while riding an inner tube with an unidentified 15-year-old girl on Lake Lanier in Atlanta, GA. The two were air-lifted to the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston where the girl was treated for a broken arm and laceration on her forehead; Glover registered no brain activity.

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On Wednesday, ABC news reported that the driver of the personal watercraft, family friend Jeffrey S. Hubbard, 38, is under investigation.

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