Jerry Greer, Son of Country Singer Craig Morgan, Found Dead After Tubing Accident
Jerry Greer, son of country singer Craig Morgan, has been found dead in the waters of Kentucky Lake in Humphreys County, Tennessee, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency confirmed late Monday. A fleet of emergency responders had been searching for the 19-year-old since he was reported missing Sunday around 4 p.m.
“It is with deep sadness that I am confirming the passing of Jerry Greer, son of country music entertainer Craig Morgan and wife Karen Greer,” Morgan’s rep said in a statement to PEOPLE.
“The Humphreys County, Tennessee Sheriff s Department recovered his body this evening after a search that began Sunday following a boating accident on Kentucky Lake in Tennessee. A 2016 graduate of Dickson County High School, Jerry planned to play football for Marshall University in the fall.”
The rep adds, “The family is grateful for the outpouring of support and requests prayers at this time as they privately mourn this terrible loss. Jerry is survived by parents Craig and Karen Greer, sister Aly Beaird and brother-in-law Ryan Beaird, brother Kyle Greer and fiancée Chelsea Rogers and brother Wyatt Greer.”
While no cause of death has been given, it’s presumably the result of injuries sustained during an accident tubing with another teen on Sunday afternoon.
“It was just as simple as hitting a wave and turning over and not coming back up,” Sheriff Chris Davis, who also confirmed Greer was wearing a life jacket at the time, told local reporters Monday afternoon.
It is not yet known why he went under despite wearing a life jacket.
The family released the following statement while the search for his body was underway on Monday:
“Recent Dickson County High School graduate Jerry Greer, son of country music entertainer Craig Morgan and wife Karen Greer, went missing yesterday following a boating accident on Kentucky Lake in Humphreys County, Tennessee. Recovery efforts to locate him are underway. The family is grateful for everyone’s support and prayers and requests privacy during this difficult time.”
Morgan, 51, is an Army vet and avid hunter with several Top 10 country hits to his name and is also the host of Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors on the Outdoor Channel. He and wife Karen have four children: a daughter, Alex, and sons Kyle, Jerry and Wyatt.