ATLANTA (WAOK)- Usher’s stepson, 11-year-old Kile Glover, has passed away after a jet ski accident on Lake Lanier earlier this month. Glover died Saturday after being taken off life support.
Friends and family members of R&B singer Usher have held vigil at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Hospital since the son of Usher’s former wife, Tameka, and her first husband, Bounce TV executive Ryan Glover, was critically injured in a jet ski accident on Lake Lanier July 6.
Yesterday Tameka Raymond tweeted a photo of her son, made his smiling face her profile image with the words “Many are called, but the chosen are few…” underneath.
And as news broke of his death, condolences flooded social media Saturday with “RIP Kile” a trending topic on Twitter. Frank Ski of V-103′s Frank and Wanda Morning Show – and friend and business associate with Ryan Glover – posted on his Facebook page: “CRYING, I Will Miss You Kile! … Sometimes Life Is So Unfair.”
And at the start of The Kenny Burns Show Saturday afternoon on V-103, an audibly affected Burns blasted some blogs for what he said was misinformation about why the son of his partner in the RyanKenny clothing line was taken off life support.
“Lil RG is an Angel now, Ryan, Tameka, Usher & the whole Glover Family we gotta make him proud!”, fellow V-103 announcer Greg Street declared on Twitter. A sentiment shared on the medium by Usher’s protege Justin Bieber, his onetime LaFace Records labelmate Toni Braxton, Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons, rapper Meek Mill and Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris; among many others.
Glover and an unidentified 15-year-old girl were being pulled by a pontoon boat in a tube near Holiday Marina when another member of their party crashed into them on the jet ski.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources police identified the man as Jeffrey S. Hubbard of Atlanta, according to an incident report. The DNR says Hubbard was part of the same group as Kyle Glover and the still-unidentified 15 year-old-girl. DNR Sergeant Mike Burgamy said at that time that it was too early to tell if charges will be filed against the jet ski driver, adding that alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
This has been a deadly summer on Lake Lanier. In June, two young brothers from Gainesville were killed when their pontoon boat was rammed by a boater that DNR police say was “boating while drunk.” Griffin and Jake Prince were buried earlier this month. It took DNR officials 10 days, with help from the FBI, to find the body of 13-year-old Griffin Prince because of the depth and lack of visibility in the lake. Then a family of five was rescued when their boat sank after it was capsized by waves created from another boat.
And while his current CD, “Looking 4 Myself,” debuted atop the pop charts, Usher has also had his share of unwelcomed news of late. A stalker was arrested at his Atlanta-area home last month, and he has been engaged in a contentious custody battle over his two sons with his ex-wife.
- Jean Ross, CBS Local