Jerry Greer, 19, was pronounced dead after his body was recovered in Kentucky Lake late Monday evening.
Greer, the son of country music artist Craig Morgan, had been reported missing Sunday afternoon. The cause of death has been declared a boating accident.
According to The Tennessean, “Two teens were tubing on the Tennessee River near Kentucky Lake on Sunday when they fell into the water. Greer, who witnesses said was wearing a life jacket, never resurfaced.”
The boater who dragged Greer’s tube led a rescue team back to the location where he fell early Monday morning to search for Greer. They were eventually joined by approximately 50 other boats.
Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis has declared no specific cause of death, but acknowledges that there were many hazardous possibilities in the area. Some areas of the lake run up to 15 feet deep, and visibility was low in the murky water.
Jerry Greer was a 2016 graduate of Dickson County High School, and is survived by his three siblings as well as both of his parents. His community remembers him fondly, particularly those at Dickson County High School, where counseling has been offered to students after the tragedy.
Dickson County High School principal Joey Halley expressed the high school’s feelings about Greer’s passing at the Dickson City Council meeting Monday night.
“His charisma and passion for sports made him one of the fiercest competitors at our school. He was an outstanding and one-of-a-kind athlete,” said Halley. “He will be greatly missed. Our prayers go out to his family.”
Craig Morgan, 51, father of the deceased, is an Army Veteran, as well as a country singer. He is also the host of his own show on the Outdoor Channel, titled “Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors.” Greer often traveled with his father while filming the series, and is featured in several of the photographs on the show’s website.
“The family is grateful for everyone’s support and prayers and requests privacy during this difficult time as they privately mourn this terrible loss,” said the family’s publicist in a statement.
Funeral arrangements are still pending.