Singer Kid Rock is devastated after discovering the dead body of his personal assistant at his Nashville Tennessee property on Monday. Rock’s assistant was said to have been killed in an ATV crash the night before, police reports say.
“Michael Sacha, 30, personal assistant to Kid Rock, fatally injured in Nashville ATV crash on Knight Dr. Death classified as accidental,” Metro Nashville police tweeted on Monday night.
According to a recent report from The Tennessean, police were called to the 3600 block of Knight Drive at 11:30 a.m. after Rock and a friend discovered Sacha’s body on an embankment at his property located in White Creeks, north of Nashville.
The Nashville Fire Department also rushed to the accident scene after receiving a call and found the man lying face down on the side of a driveway. Unfortunately, Rock’s assistant was already dead when they arrived, as confirmed by Brian Haas, public information officer with the Fire Department.
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The 30-year-old is believed to have died after driving guests, who had attended a cookout down the long driveway, to catch an Uber driver at midnight. Investigators believe that Rock’s personal assistant lost control of the ATV and crashed while on his way back to the residence. Sacha was reportedly missing for 12 hours.
The singer searched for Sacha on Monday morning after he failed to return that night. Kid Rock immediately called for help when they found his personal assistant’s body lying in the driveway, authorities said.
Mourning the loss of an important friend and employee, the musician said he was “beyond devastated” after the incident. He also published an official statement, confirming the death of his assistant, on his website. In his heartbreaking post, the singer described his 30-year-old assistant as an important member of his family, a great man, and a good friend.
“He was a member of our family and one of the greatest young men I have ever had the pleasure to not only work with but also to become friends with,” Kid Rock said in a brief statement, as he paid tribute to his personal assistant.
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Family and friends of the singer are also grieving after the news came out as the young man was very close to them. “I know I speak for us all in sharing my deepest condolences to his family. I cannot imagine how they must feel. Myself, the band, our family, friends, and co-workers are devastated by this loss,” Rock wrote.
The 45-year-old country singer, known as Robert Ritchie in real life, also said he decided to extend his stay in Tennessee until Sacha’s body is brought to his mourning family. “We were supposed to be back in Michigan today, but I am going to stay here with Mike until I can bring him home to his family,” the singer stated.
In his statement, Kid Rock also took the opportunity to clarify circulating reports that he was involved in the accident, “We’ve already been contacted by the press asking if it was me who was in the accident, so I want to stop any rumors before they spread.”
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Kid Rock then asked his fans and the press to respect their privacy as they are still mourning the loss of his friend. “I’m asking everyone to please respect our and his families’ privacy in this difficult time. RIP Mike. We will never forget you, my friend.”
While other important details regarding the ATV crash were not available, investigators have said there was no foul play involved and they are classifying the death as accidental.
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