Grayson Murray died by suicide, his parents confirm in statement

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - MAY 16: Grayson Murray of the United States plays his shot from the 12th tee during the first round of the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on May 16, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Two-time PGA Tour winner Grayson Murray died by suicide, his parents said in a statement Sunday.

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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,” Murray’s parents said in a statement released through the PGA Tour. “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,” his parents continued.

Murray’s death was announced Saturday by the PGA Tour, CNN reported. It was a day after he withdrew from the second round of the Charles Schwab Cup Challenge at the Colonial Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas, according to The Associated Press.

On Sunday, the PGA Tour said on X, formerly known as Twitter, that players are wearing red and black ribbons in honor of Murray. The colors are based on his hometown team, the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes.

“We join the PGA Tour, the golfing community, and Raleigh area in mourning the loss of Grayson Murray,” The Carolina Hurricanes said on X. “Grayson loved the Canes, and we thank the TOUR and its golfers for honoring Grayson with these red and black ribbons today.”

Note: If you or someone you know is thinking of harming themselves, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free support via the Lifeline by dialing 988. For more about risk factors and warning signs, visit the organization’s official website.

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