Hunter Montgomery's mother, Tracy A. Nunan, released a statement Thursday on Facebook saying that the 19-year-old son of musician Eddie Montgomery died of an overdose.
Nunan's Facebook post:
"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.
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"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."
Nunan asked that her statement be published in full.
Hunter Montgomery died Sunday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. He had been on life support after an accident, according to a statement posted earlier on the Montgomery Gentry website.
His funeral was Thursday afternoon.
Investigators are waiting for toxicology test results to determine the cause of death.