Craig Morgan: Son Jerry Greer’s Death ‘Is the Hardest Thing We Have Ever Had to Endure’

Country singer Craig Morgan released a statement about the death of his son Jerry Greer in a Facebook post on Wednesday, July 20.

As previously reported, Greer was found dead following a tubing accident on Monday, July 11. The Humphreys County Sheriff’s Department in Tennessee recovered the 19-year-old’s body in Kentucky Lake. He was wearing a life jacket at the time.

Craig Morgan attends the 2016 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Craig Morgan attends the 2016 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

"The loss of our son Jerry is the hardest thing we have ever had to endure as a family. Karen and I are so grateful for all of the wonderful people who have shown us unwavering support during this difficult time," Morgan, 52, wrote on his personal page. "There are too many to name here, but we are especially thankful for the Humphreys County Sheriff and Fire Departments, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and all the additional agencies and volunteers who turned out to bring our son home. We would also like to thank our friends, family members, and Jerry's friends who have all shown us an immense amount of love and support."

"Additionally, we cannot thank the music and outdoor communities enough for wrapping their arms around us, as well as our industry friends, fans, and all those that loved our son. We are blessed by the outpouring of prayers and condolences from across the world," he continued. "Jerry may be gone from this earth, and we will miss him every day, but his spirit will live on in our hearts. We will find peace knowing that God has a bigger plan, and that one day, we'll be reunited with him again in Heaven. John 3:16."

Jerry Greer
Jerry Greer Black River Entertainment

Morgan and his family paid tribute to Greer in a memorial last weekend. The young high school graduate, who was set to play football at Marshall University, was remembered in a touching obituary in The Tennessean.

"Jerry was the smile that instantly lit up any room. He was a superstar without even trying," the passage read. "He was a natural athlete that accomplished what most spend a lifetime attempting to achieve. He was a devoted and dedicated son, brother and friend. He loved his God, his family, his friends and his country more than anything."

Jerry was also survived by his mom, Karen Greer, his sister, Aly, and brothers Kyle and Wyatt.

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