Eddie Montgomery has gone through heartbreaking bouts of hardship in recent years. And now Eddie, half of country duo Montgomery Gentry, has the biggest heartbreak yet as he revealed his beloved son Hunter had died at only 19, reported People.
Eddie's son, who was engaged and a new dad, had been in an accident in Kentucky, which is the Montgomery family home state. Following that tragedy, Hunter had survived via life support in a hospital with his family by his side prior to passing. The grief-stricken father expressed his sorrow in a statement.
"I appreciate all your prayers and love and thank you for giving us privacy as we grieve and say goodbye," stated Eddie.
Montgomery previously had gone through other tragedies in a period of five years, beginning in 2010 when he received a prostate cancer diagnosis.
Subsequently, he found himself served with divorce papers, and Eddie blamed his now ex-wife Tracy for being unable to manage the news that he had cancer.
"U find out u got cancer then u found out ur wife can't handle that so she files for a divorce," tweeted Montgomery.
However, Eddie's wife denied his blame-shame social media post, saying that Montgomery's cancer was not related to his cancer diagnosis. Instead, Tracy claimed that the reason for the divorce was private and that she found the decision very difficult.
But Eddie's problems didn't end there. Last year, Montgomery's combined debts of more than $13 million due to his divorce and a restaurant that he and Tracy had started (which subsequently failed) caused him to file for bankruptcy.
Although Eddie's life seemed to be improving when he tied the knot with gal pal Jennifer last spring, a tornado hit his home during that same period.
And now comes Montgomery's grief over the loss of his son. Seeking to ease their friend's pain are members of the country music world, including Reba McEntire and Travis Tritt, reported Taste of Country.
The nature of the accident that resulted in Hunter's death remains unknown. It has been revealed, however, that Eddie and his family made the decision to let him go after he was on life support in a Kentucky hospital.
Montgomery and his ex-wife Tracy had four children, and Hunter was their youngest. Eddie had revealed that his cancer diagnosis resulted from one of those young people.
One of Montgomery's sons had been in a motorcycle accident, and Eddie was at the doctor's office with that son when he fortuitously was diagnosed with cancer early. Montgomery, now 51, has recovered.
In June, Montgomery Gentry dropped Folks Like Us. They have upcoming tour dates that end in the middle of November.But first comes Eddie's challenge in mourning his son's loss while honoring his life, with the funeral services just revealed for Hunter Montgomery, according to WKYT.
The 19-year-old, who passed away on Sunday at the University of Kentucky Hospital, will be remembered on Thursday. Visitation starts at 11 a.m. Thursday at Southland Christian Church in Lexington. Eddie and the Montgomery family will hold the funeral at 3 p.m.
Eddie is not alone in grieving, however. The Montgomery Gentry singer's son was engaged to Davara Little, to whom he proposed at one of his dad's concerts, and they had a baby boy, reported the Daily Mail.
While the accident specifics remain a mystery, additional details state that Hunter's family was present by his bedside when he lost his battle to live.
His mom, Tracy, had been praying that a miracle would occur and then shared a Bible quote on social media about her faith.
"Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken," posted Hunter's mother.
In expressing his sentiments, Eddie also expressed his religious faith.
"My son Hunter went to heaven today," said Montgomery.
A Montgomery family spokesperson said that the accident specifics would be unveiled later.
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