On Tuesday, David Feherty revealed that his son, Shey, has died. The former golfer took to social media to share the tragic news; his 29-year-old son died on his birthday following an overdose. Further details about Shey’s passing have not been reported.
You can see Feherty’s tweet below.
Funeral services have already been arranged, according to Shey’s obituary. The service will be held 12 p.m., today, Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at Restland Abbey Chapel, with visitation starting at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Center for Addiction and Recovery Studies in Dallas, Texas.
Here is what you need to know about Shey Feherty:
1. Shey Was David’s First-Born Son
Feherty, whom you may recognize from his work on the Golf Channel and CBS Sports, where he previously worked as an analyst, has five children, Erin Feherty, Shey Feherty, Karl Schneider, FredSchneider, and Rory Feherty.
Karl and Fred are the sons of David’s second wife, Anita, an interior designer who met David through a mutual friend in 1995. The two married in May of 1996.
Shey Feherty is David’s oldest biological son. In his obituary, Shey was described as “beautiful and charismatic.”
2. David Feherty Has Struggled With Addiction Much of His Life
Over the years, Feherty has personally struggled with addiction. He started drinking alcohol as a teenager and that turned into a pill dependency as he tried to “self-medicate” for what he later learned was bipolar disorder.
“Feherty has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has been a full-blown alcoholic, easily sucking down two bottles of Bushmills a day. He has taken dozens of pills — uppers, downers — daily,” The Hollywood Reporter wrote back in 2014.
In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Feherty spoke candidly about his struggles. According to the report, Feherty was able to get help and has been sober for quite some time.
“I get overwhelmed by sadness several times a day and spend a lot of time in tears,” he said, speaking on his depression at the time. He credits two people for helping him with his sobriety: His wife and Tom Watson.
3. Shey’s Mom Is Caroline Feherty
Shey’s mother’s name is Caroline, a former beauty queen from South Africa.
She and David owned two homes, one in England and the other in South Africa. They had been planning to move to Northern Ireland when Caroline decided that she wanted to move somewhere with nicer weather. According to Sports Day, she upped and moved to the United States, settling in Dallas, Texas, with the couple’s two sons, Shey and Rory. Although David decided to make the move, the couple’s marriage fell apart.
They divorced in 1995.
4. Shey Was the Co-Founder of a Company Called The Sports Concie
Founded in 2015 by Shey Feherty and Christopher Crawford, The Sports Concie doesn’t appear to have gotten off the ground. The company’s website is currently inactive. The company was a consulting firm, though it is unclear if there were ever any clients signed on.
“Sports Concie, LLC is a Dallas, TX based Corporate Solutions Firm. The founding partners are U.S. Marine Corps veteran Christopher Crawford and Shey Feherty. Our clients are exposed to high profile individuals and corporations with comprehensive and superior services to both groups.”
5. Several Fans, Colleagues, & Friends Have Posted Condolences to the Feherty Family on Twitter
Fans have been posting their condolences to Feherty and to his family following this tragic loss. You can see some of their messages below.
The Golf Channel has also released a statement, which you can read below.
In addition, several former friends and colleagues have been sending messages to Feherty on social media. You can read a few of those below.