Max Barry Died from Combination of Several Drugs, Including Two Opioids, Autopsy Shows
Max Barry, son of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, died from a combination of several drugs, including opioids, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office in Colorado.
Drugs found in Max Barry following his death were Xanax, marijuana and two opioids — liquid methodone and hydromorphone. The autopsy also showed that he had recently used cocaine.
Max Barry, 22, died at a home that a friend was housesitting on Saturday, July 29, in Littleton, Colo., a suburb of Denver, where he had moved after college. He was there with two friends.
The toxicology findings confirm what the mayor called an "apparent overdose" immediately after his death. She had speculated that her son was killed by a combination of a drugs including Xanax.
There was no alcohol present in Max Barry after his death, according to the autopsy report. Contributing factors to his death were hypertension and obesity.
The mayor and husband Bruce Barry have chosen to be transparent about the death of their only child to become a voice in the growing national opioid crisis. Max Barry had past struggles with drug addiction and enrolled in a drug rehab facility last summer for one month.
The mayor, after returning to work Monday and discussing the tragedy with local media, has been on a national media swing this week to discuss opioids and her son's battle with drugs.
She appeared on CNN with Jake Tapper and "PBS NewsHour" on Tuesday and on MSNBC's "Meet The Press Daily" with Chuck Todd and "NBC Nightly News" on Wednesday.
In a 911 call released by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, a friend of Max Barry says that he and another friend went out for food, came back and found Barry unresponsive. He says that Max had brought some pills over to the home and had taken them earlier.
The friend is heard on the frantic phone call receiving instructions from the operator and shouting, “Max, Max, Max,” to try to resuscitate him. He relays that he believes Max Barry had used a combination of drugs.