The son of David Feherty, the Northern Ireland golfer turned US commentary star, has died from an overdose.
Feherty tweeted the tragic news on social media.
“My first born son is gone from me, dying from an overdose on his 29th birthday. Bless his sweet heart, I will fight on.”
It is understood Shey Feherty died on Saturday. A funeral service was to be held in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday.
David Feherty, 58, was originally from Bangor, Co Down, but is now based in Dallas.
My first born son is gone from me, dying from an overdose on his 29th birthday. Bless his sweet heart, I will fight on.
— David Feherty (@Fehertwit) August 1, 2017
After a successful playing career, which saw him represent Europe in the Ryder Cup, Feherty went on to forge a career as an on-course commentator and analyst.
Having previously worked for CBS, he now has his own show on NBC’s Golf Channel.
He has spoken publicly about his own battles with alcohol and drug addiction in the past.
Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports, and Mike McCarley, president of golf at NBC Sports Group, issued a joint statement passing on sympathies.
“Our deepest condolences go out to David Feherty and his family on the passing of his oldest son, Shey,” they said.
“Family means everything to David and his Golf Channel, NBC Sports and extended television family send their love and support at this difficult time.”
Hollywood actor Don Cheadle was among those to extend condolences.
“Oh, David. Gutted. No words. Thinking of you and love you, man,” he tweeted.
PGA tour golfer Tony Finau tweeted: “Sad to hear. Thoughts and prayers with you and the family David.”