YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A man in Ohio had to tell his young son that his mother had died of a heroin overdose, and he filmed the moment and posted it his Facebook page.
Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark’s two-minute video showing the moment his 8-year-old son Cameron learned the news, has gone viral, with more than 600,000 shares and more than 25 million views.
Bickerstaff-Clark, a recovering addict, said he made the video as a wake-up call for other drug addicts with children.
“Please get help so our children don’t have to suffer,” he wrote in the Facebook caption. “This wasn’t staged. This was real. I had someone record this so addicts with children can see the seriousness of our epidemic. I am a recovering addict myself with 94 days clean today. Please share and maybe help save a child’s parents life.”
In the video, Bickerstaff-Clark holds Cameron's hand and says: “I have something to tell you, OK?”
“Mommy died last night.”
“What? What do you mean, my mom? How?” the child said.
“From drugs,” Bickerstaff-Clark said before his son breaks down in tears.
He then climbs over the table, wrapping his son in a big hug while telling him, “I love you.”
Several commenters were upset Bickerstaff-Clark would record such a personal moment.