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The only son of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has died of an apparent drug overdose, and she asked for privacy as she and her husband face life “without his laughter and love.”

A statement released Sunday from Barry and her husband, Bruce, says 22-year-old Max Barry died Saturday night in Denver.

 “Early this morning, we received news that no parents should ever have to hear,” the statement said. “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,” the statement said.

Funeral arrangements are pending. The Tennessean reported a visitation is set for Monday evening at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, and a memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday morning at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville.

Megan Barry was sworn in as Nashville’s first female mayor in September 2015 with her husband and son by her side.

Denver police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez declined to search the department’s records and logs for the police report of Barry’s death, saying that would violate the department’s policy of not identifying victims, New York Post reports.

Investigator Melinda Rose of the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office in Denver told the newspaper that an official cause or manner of death would not be declared until after the results of an autopsy, which was planned for Sunday.

The newspaper reported Max Barry had recently moved to Denver.

Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Richard H. Dinkins, who issued the oath of office in 2015 to Megan Barry, said before giving the oath that he has known the family for years and that he coached Max Barry in basketball and baseball.

“They weren’t very good,” his mother interjected.

“We could never teach him the hook shot that his dad wanted him to have,” the judge said.

Max Barry bear-hugged his mom after the oath, sat just to her right as she gave her inaugural speech and kissed her afterward.

Metro Council Member Fabian Bedne said Barry attended the same high school as his son, and saw him often.

“He seemed like a good kid, nice friendly attitude,” Bedne said in a Facebook message Sunday. “When I served with the Mayor in the Council and visited her home they seemed to have a great relationship at home as well. It is a devastating loss to all of Nashville, we love our Mayor and her family.”

Condolences for the Barry family poured in on social media.

“No parent should ever live to see the passing of a child,” Nashville Sheriff Daron Hall said on Twitter.

The Tennessee Titans posted a statement of sympathy on its website.

“Our organization’s thoughts and prayers are with Mayor Barry and her family during this difficult time.”

AFF reported that officials have made 412 arrests nationwide, including 56 doctors and targeting 200 clinics. The Justice Department said those arrested are responsible for $1.3 billion in fraudulent transactions.

Federal officials said a group of Michigan doctors was responsible for a major chunk of the scheme.

One of the clinics hit in the sting operations is in Farmington. Federal officials said the opioid epidemic is part of it, but the medical office and a number of others were set up specifically as a criminal enterprise to rip off Medicare.

Federal officers raided the Fisher Building Wednesday, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said their work accounted for 10 percent of the scam’s value.

‘Six doctors in Michigan prescribed patients with unnecessary opioids, some of which ended up for sale on the streets,’ Sessions said.

More than 400 others across the country were charged late last week for taking part in the health care scam in connection with a raid last week at the Fisher Building in Detroit. Other Muslim defendants include:

  • Mashiyat Rashid, of Oakland County – controlled, owned or operated Global Quality, Aqua Therapy, Tri-County Physicians, Tri-State Physicians, New Center Medical, National Laboratories, and Tri-County Wellness;
  • Yasser Mozeb, of Oakland County – allegedly received payments from Global Quality and Tri-County Wellness;
  • Abdul Haq, of Washtenaw County, physician enrolled as a participating provider with Medicare for Aqua Therapy, Tri-County Physicians and Tri-State Physicians;
  • Joseph Betro, of Oakland County, physician enrolled as a participating provider with Medicare for Tri-County Physicians and New Center Medical;
  • Tariz Omar, of Oakland County, physician enrolled as a participating provider with Medicare for Tri-County Physicians.
  • Mohammed Zahoor, of Oakland County, physician enrolled as a participating provider with Medicare for Tri-County Physicians.

Authorities say Rashid and his co-conspirators engaged in illegal kickbacks and billing for medically unnecessary joint injections, drug screenings and home health services.

Investigators believe Rashid’s companies’ fraudulently billed Medicare $126 million. Approximately $1.3 billion is believed to have been fraudulently billed in scams across the country.

There is a major drug epidemic in America with opioids being the main source for the destruction and deaths.

Our condolences go out to the family.

God Bless. Source- AFF

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