The body of Jerry Greer, the 19-year-old son of Craig Morgan, was recovered from a Tennessee lake late yesterday (Monday, July 11th). A search and recovery effort began on Sunday (July 10th) afternoon after Greer was reported missing following an accident on Kentucky Lake in Humphreys County, Tennessee. Greer and another friend were being pulled behind a boat on an innertube when the two were knocked off for unknown reasons. The friend resurfaced while Greer did not, despite the fact that friends say he was wearing a lifejacket.
Morgan and his family helped in the search. A statement released by the singer’s publicist last night read, in part, “The family is grateful for the outpouring of support and requests prayers at this time as they privately mourn this terrible loss.”
Greer had just graduated from Dickson High School and planned to play football for Marshall University in the fall. The teenager is survived by his parents, Craig and Karen Greer, as well as three siblings. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Several of Morgan’s fellow country singers took to Twitter to express their condolences:
David Nail: “Prayers for Craig Morgan’s family during this difficult time.”
Brad Paisley: “Myself, my band and crew, our hearts are broken for our friend @cmorganmusic and his family. There are no words.”
Chris Cagle: “Please pray for Craig Morgan and his family! They are exceptional people and my heart goes out to his family! He is a great person!”
Michael Ray: “My Thoughts and prayers are with my buddy @cmorganmusic and his family.”
Kelsea Ballerini: “my heart is with my friend @cmorganmusic today.”
Mickey Guyton: “Praying for @cmorganmusic and his family”
Mark Wills: “Please keep my friend @cmorganmusic and his dear family in your prayers.”
Chris Janson: “Prayers for my friend @cmorganmusic stay strong brother.”
Lindsay Ell: “Thinking about you @cmorganmusic…”