As we reported last week, Usher‘s stepson and Tameka Foster‘s eldest child Kile Glover had been diagnosed brain dead and was on life support following a horrific jet ski accident. We also learned that the 11-year old’s insurance coverage would only allow him to be on life support for so long, and was expected to expire within a few months. TMZ now reports that Tameka Foster made an impossibly difficult decision and took young Kile off life support. This has been a weekend filled with tragic events; Kile‘s passing is indeed another.
TMZ has the unfortunate details:
Usher’s 11-year-old stepson has passed away this morning from injuries suffered in a tragic jetski accident in Georgia earlier this month … TMZ has learned.
Doctors removed 11-year-old Kyle Glover from life support after it was determined the injuries were too severe to overcome. We’re told Kyle’s mother, Tameka Foster, struggled tremendously with the decision.
According to our sources, Tameka is understandably devastated.
Glover was injured on July 8 … as he was riding in an inner tube that was connected to a pontoon in Lake Lanier. According to authorities, a family friend who was riding a jetski behind the pontoon lost control and collided with Glover’s tube.
The accident is currently under investigation.
I saw many tweets about this earlier in the day (the first from Russell Simmons) but it hadn’t been confirmed by other sources (and one of the original stories had been discredited), so I was really hoping that misinformation was spreading. As it turns out, the rumors are true and a mother has lost her son.
Many of you (some in the healthcare profession) commented on an earlier post and suggested that Tameka would be doing the right thing, if she chose to remove Kile from life support. I was reluctant to say what she should or shouldn’t have done; the whole situation is really just awful. As I said before, I just hope that she has lots of support from family, friends, and (hopefully) the media during this time.
Our everything goes out to Tameka Foster and her family. Here’s a picture Tameka shared of Kile and his younger brother on twitter yesterday, with no caption:
And here’s one she tweeted in June:
My favorite 11yr old human! Brainiac, artist, chef… My most helpful son. He goes the extra mile 4 his mom ♥ lockerz.com/s/219267630
— Tameka J Raymond (@TamekaRaymond) June 23, 2012