Thoughts on the death of Ken Green's son
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
How many hits can one man take?
That was my first thought when I learned that Ken Green’s 21-year-old son Hunter died.
Then I thought back to a long interview with Green last September and how it was clear that while he had lost his girlfriend, brother and dog in a June accident and his right leg to a subsequent amputation, he had not lost his spirit, sense of humor, perspective, candor and drive. I came away from that talk feeling inspired.
Ken Green charity golf event
Ken Green had his lower right leg amputated as the result of a tragic RV accident in June that killed is brother, Billy, his girlfriend Jeannie Hodgin and his dog Nip. Green hopes to be back on the Champions Tour in April.
Green said then that he had experienced no anger, no depression, no “Why me?” moments. The latter, he wisely says, serves no purpose. “You either have to call it a day yourself or move forward,” he told me, adding that there was no doubt that he’ll someday play the Champions Tour with a prosthetic leg.
Thing is, moving forward has became more difficult for Green. Hunter, a sophomore, was found dead Friday in his dorm room in the SMU House, formerly the Kappa Alpha fraternity house, in Dallas. SMU police say he died of “unexplained” causes and have not elaborated.
On his blog Tuesday, Green made a posting that made hearts heavier:
“Well, today is another sad day. I’m sorry to say that my youngest son Hunter has passed. His journey in life has ended and i can’t tell you how difficult understanding this is. Jeanne and Billy (Green’s late girlfriend and brother) will meet him and they will watch over all. I’m also baffled at the fact that his mother elected not to tell me about his passing. I can only hope the anger his family has will end and they can continue their journey in life without such anger.
“I fought hard for my son and lost the battle. We had a stranded relationship but my love for him never diminished once. All parents know what I’m speaking of. I’m not really sure what to say, but thank you all for all the support and love you have shown me.”
He needs more of it now, sadly enough.