Country singer Craig Morgan’s son found dead after boating accident

Craig Morgan arrives at the CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Sanford Myers/Invision/AP)

WAVERLY, Tenn. (AP) – The publicist for country music singer Craig Morgan says the performer’s 19-year-old son is confirmed dead after what authorities described as a boating accident on the Tennessee River.

Publicist Cindy Hunt said in the statement that the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Department in Tennessee recovered the body of Jerry Greer on Monday evening in an area called Kentucky Lake along that river. The search for the recent high school graduate had begun Sunday after the accident.

“The family is grateful for the outpouring of support and requests prayers at this time as they privately mourn this terrible loss,” Hunt’s statement said.

Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rod Edwards told local media that Greer and a friend had been tubing when the accident occurred. Greer’s friend resurfaced, but Greer did not. Both were wearing life jackets.

Morgan, an Army veteran, has had hits like “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “Redneck Yacht Club” and is the host of “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors,” which is in its seventh season on the Outdoor Channel.

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The 19-year-old son of country music singer Craig Morgan is missing after a boating accident on the Tennessee River.

Morgan’s publicist Cindy Hunt said in a statement Monday that crews are searching for Jerry Greer in Humphreys County, west of Nashville. The statement said Morgan and his wife, Karen Greer, are grateful for support and prayers but are requesting privacy “during this difficult time.”

Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rod Edwards told local media the search began Sunday afternoon near a marina. Two teenagers were tubing when they had an accident, and one teen didn’t surface, he said. Both were wearing life jackets.

The Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from rescue organizations across the state. About 50 boats joined the search. Authorities say crews were using an underwater vehicle to scan a stretch of the river where the water is up to 15 feet deep at points.

Morgan, an Army veteran, has had hits like “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “Redneck Yacht Club” and is the host of “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors,” which is in its seventh season on the Outdoor Channel.

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