Nashville mayor’s son dies in Jefferson County of apparent overdose

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- The son of the Nashville's mayor died of an apparent overdose in Colorado on Saturday night, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said Sunday.

The family said in a statement that Max Barry died in Denver, but the Jefferson County Coroner's Office confirmed Barry died in the Littleton area.

The family released a statement in announcing the death.

"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."

"Max Barry, age 22, graduated in June from the University of Puget Sound. Max attended Eakin Elementary School, West End Middle School, and MLK High School before attending and graduating from University School of Nashville. He is survived by his parents, as well as grandparents Joyce Brody, Jan Mueller, and Ken Mueller.

"Information about arrangements will be announced when they are developed. The Barry family would respectfully ask for your understanding and privacy during this very difficult time. They will not be available for interviews until further notice. Messages of condolence can be sent to megan.barry@nashville.gov or Office of Mayor Megan Barry, 1 Public Square, Nashville, TN 37201."

The autopsy has been completed, but the results will not be available for several weeks, the coroner's office said.