Nashville Mayor Megan Barry Confirms Death Of Son In Apparent Overdose

Posted at 11:40 AM, Jul 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-31 14:33:37-04

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry announced the death of her son, Max.

According to the statement from the mayor's office on Sunday morning, Max Barry died from an apparent drug overdose in Denver, Colorado on the evening of Saturday, July 29.

Photos: Remembering Max Barry

Max was 22 years old. He graduated in June from the University of Puget Sound. He's survived by his parents, as well as grandparents Joyce Brody, Jan Mueller, and Ken Mueller.

Mayor Barry and Bruce Barry released the following statement:

“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.

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.”

Condolences to the Barry family poured in on Sunday. District Attorney Glenn Funk released the following statement:

"While I cannot begin to understand the pain of losing a child, my deepest condolences and heartfelt sorrow are extended to Mayor Megan Barry and her husband, Bruce. Mayor Barry was very proud of her beloved son, Max. It is important for us, as a city, to keep our Mayor in our thoughts and prayers."

The Nashville community also expressed its condolences through social media.

“Tennessee State University extends its deepest condolences to Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, husband Bruce and the entire family during this very difficult time. The TSU family is here to provide comfort and continued support as you mourn this heartfelt and tragic loss." - Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover















Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, also reached out to Mayor Barry through Twitter:


For those wishing to send condolences to the Barry family, those can be emailed to the mayor at or mailed to the Office of Mayor Megan Barry located at 1 Public Square, Nashville, TN 37201.

A visitation has been planned to remember Max at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 31.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 1 at the Belcourt Theatre. Doors will open for the service at 8:30 a.m.