A Tennessee mayor announced the tragic loss of her only child to a drug overdose at the age of 22

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, center, is hugged by her son, Max, as her husband, Bruce, left, applauds after she was sworn into office Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Barry is Nashville's first female mayor. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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The Mayor of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County announced early Sunday that her only child, Max Barry, had died at the age of 22 due to a drug overdose.

Mayor Megan Barry and her husband Bruce Barry said Sunday that they received devastating news: their son had died of a drug overdose the night before, according to the Tennessean.

The overdose and death occurred Saturday night in Denver, Colo., where Max had recently moved.

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

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“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,” she added.

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