Parents of sports star Grayson Murray release statement confirming 30 year old took his own life

Grayson Murray
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The parents of PGA Tour star Grayson Murray, Eric and Terry, have shared a statement confirming that their son tragically took his own life. Grayson, who was just 30 years old and ranked 58th in the world, was found dead on Saturday 25 May.

This came less than a day after he withdrew from the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. After playing 16 holes in Friday's second round, Grayson told his fellow players that he wasn't feeling well and left the course.

Over the years, Murray had been candid about his battles with alcohol and mental health issues. However, he managed to turn his life around last year, achieving sobriety and reclaiming his spot on the PGA Tour.

Grayson Murray
Grayson was found dead on Saturday 25 May -Credit:Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

His family has expressed their confusion and grief over his final moments, stating that they are left with many unanswered questions. They added that he "was loved and he will be missed", reports the Mirror.

In an emotional statement, his parents said: "We have spent the last 24 hours trying to come to terms with the fact that our son is gone. It’s surreal that we not only have to admit it to ourselves, but that we also have to acknowledge it to the world. It’s a nightmare.

"We have so many questions that have no answers. But one. Was Grayson loved? The answer is yes. By us, his brother Cameron, his sister Erica, all of his extended family, by his friends, by his fellow players and – it seems – by many of you who are reading this. He was loved and he will be missed.

"We would like to thank the PGA TOUR and the entire world of golf for the outpouring of support. Life wasn’t always easy for Grayson, and although he took his own life, we know he rests peacefully now.

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Tributes have been pouring in following the news of Grayson's death -Credit:David Cannon/Getty Images

"Please respect our privacy as we work through this incredible tragedy, and please honor Grayson by being kind to one another. If that becomes his legacy, we could ask for nothing else. Thank you."

Tributes from fans, and fellow golfers, have been pouring in since it was announced that Grayson had passed away. CBS commentators Jim Nantz and Trevor Immelman fought back tears as they informed viewers during the TV broadcast.

Peter Malnati was among the players to share their sadness with CBS after the round. He broke down in tears as he said: "This is going to be really hard. I didn't know Grayson all that well, but I spent the last few days with him.

"It's so funny. We get so worked up out here about a bad break here or a good break there. You know, we're so competitive, so competitive out here. We all want to beat each other. And then something like this happens and you realise we're all just humans."

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