eddie montgomeryMontgomery Gentry singer Eddie Montgomery is no stranger to tragedy.

Lately he’s gone through a tremendous amount of personal struggle and grief.

According to People, these past few years have been especially rough. He’s overcome prostate cancer. His wife divorced him. And he was forced to file for bankruptcy.

If all of that weren’t hard enough, his 19 year old son Hunter was in the hospital for multiple days on life support.

Hunter didn’t make it and died of an overdose.

Even more tragic, Fox News reports Hunter recently became a father earlier this year.

Eddie Montgomery released the following statement regarding the death of his son:

“My son Hunter went to heaven today,” Montgomery says. “I appreciate all your prayers and love and thank you for giving us privacy as we grieve and say goodbye.”

Montgomery’s ex-wife, and mother of the 19 year old son, was overcome with grief and heartache. While she wished the media would give her time to grieve, her desire was to use her son’s story to help others who were battling addiction.

So instead of saying silent, she posted the following status on Facebook:

“When a family asks for privacy, there is a reason. Grieving the loss of a child is the most heart-wrenching experience any parent can imagine. It defies description. Since the media refuses to respect our request for privacy, I’m taking another route in hope that we might get some peace for our grieving, and more important, in hope that Hunter’s story might help others. 

Our son died of an overdose. We believe it was accidental and will continue to believe that. We know that he needed help. Maybe Hunter’s – and our family’s – pain will help another family avoid this. 

Not a day will go by without our missing him. Now that your curiosity is satisfied, please have the respect to stop hounding us. Instead, take our story and use it to help others. ‘If quoted, this statement is to be used in its entirety.’ “

Addiction is a tragic disease and if left untreated could end in death. If you or someone you know is addicted and needs help, please reach out to a trusted friend or counselor.

There are numerous free resources and support groups available to someone battling addiction such as Alcoholics Anonymous or the Christian based group Celebrate Recovery.

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength.