Usher’s stepson was pronounced brain dead earlier this week after being struck by a jet-ski last Friday, and now Kile Glover’s family, including his mother Tameka Foster, has issued a statement asking the public to send prayers and support for the 11-year-old.
“We know God’s in control, and are leaning on our faith in Him and His word at this most difficult time,” the family told CNN in a statement. “We firmly believe in the power of prayer and ask that you all continue to pray and lift Kile up, as it’s the best way we can all support him now.”
According to CNN, Glover’s family has already held a vigil for him at the hospital, and Usher visited the 11-year-old the morning after he was admitted to the hospital. The two had reportedly grown close during the R&B singer’s two-year marriage to Foster.
The accident took place on Friday (July 6) when Glover and a second victim, a 15-year-old girl, were struck by a jet-ski while floating on an inner tube in Atlanta’s Lake Lanier. Both children were airlifted to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston pediatric hospital. The girl is reported to have suffered from a cut on the head and a broken arm, while Glover took the brunt of the trauma to his head.
The man driving the jet ski has been identified as 38-year-old Jeffrey S. Hubbard, a family friend. At this time the police have determined that no drugs were involved, and no charges are being pressed. On Sunday TMZ reported that Glover was declared brain dead when doctors determined that he had not experienced any brain activity since he was admitted to the hospital on Friday.
Friends of Usher and his ex-wife have sent their well-wishes to the family via Twitter. “Wishing @TamekaRaymond’s son godspeed recovery. horrible news to hear,” Roots drummer Questlove tweeted, while Jermaine Dupri added, “Lifers! pls say a prayer for man Ryan, Tameka, Usher and the Glover family.”