Pro golfer Grayson Murray died by suicide at age 30, parents reveal

Pro golfer Grayson Murray’s parents revealed he died by suicide following the news of his passing on Saturday.

“We have spent the last 24 hours trying to come to terms with the fact that our son is gone,” Eric and Terry Murray wrote in a statement shared by the PGA Tour Sunday.

“It’s surreal that we not only have to admit it to ourselves, but that we also have to acknowledge it to the world. It’s a nightmare.”

Pro golfer Grayson Murray died by suicide, his parents revealed. Getty Images
“We have spent the last 24 hours trying to come to terms with the fact that our son is gone,” Eric and Terry Murray wrote in a statement released by PGA Tour Sunday. Getty Images
“It’s surreal that we not only have to admit it to ourselves, but that we also have to acknowledge it to the world. It’s a nightmare,” they continued. Getty Images

They continued, “We have so many questions that have no answers.”

Grayson’s parents added that their son was surrounded by love from his siblings, extended family, friends and fans.

“Life wasn’t always easy for Grayson, and although he took his own life, we know he rests peacefully now,” they continued.

The couple said that they have “so many questions” but “no answers.” Getty Images
“Life wasn’t always easy for Grayson, and although he took his own life, we know he rests peacefully now,” Eric and Terry added. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, the two-time PGA Tour winner’s death was confirmed in a statement from the organization’s commissioner Jay Monahan.

“We were devastated to learn — and are heartbroken to share — that PGA Tour player Grayson Murray passed away this morning. I am at a loss for words,” Monahan wrote.

“The PGA Tour is a family, and when you lose a member of your family, you are never the same. We mourn Grayson and pray for comfort for his loved ones.”

Grayson was confirmed dead on Saturday. Getty Images
“We were devastated to learn — and are heartbroken to share — that PGA Tour player Grayson Murray passed away this morning,” the organization’s commissioner Jay Monahan wrote in a statement. Getty Images

The news of Grayson’s death came one day after he pulled out of the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday.

He participated in two rounds before withdrawing due to illness.

Grayson had previously talked about his alcohol addiction and mental health struggles following his win at Hawaii’s Sony Open in January.

He continued, “The PGA Tour is a family, and when you lose a member of your family, you are never the same. We mourn Grayson and pray for comfort for his loved ones.” Michael Madrid, Michael Madrid / USA TODAY NETWORK
The two-time PGA Tour winner had dropped out of the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday. Getty Images

“It’s not easy. I wanted to give up a lot of times. Give up on myself. Give up on the game of golf. Give up on life, at times,” he said.

At the time, Grayson thanked his fiancée, Christiana Ritchie, for helping him through the difficult times.

“When you get tired of fighting, let someone else fight for you,” he added.

He played two rounds in the tournament before withdrawing. Getty Images
Before his death, Grayson had talked about his addiction to alcohol. Getty Images

Grayson also gushed over how “good” life had been treating him amid his career resurgence, saying, “I wouldn’t trade anything.”

He added, “I have a beautiful fiancée. I have beautiful parents. I have beautiful nephews, siblings.

“Everyone in my life right now who is close to me, who has been through the struggles with me, it’s all a team effort. I’m not sitting here — I am sitting here alone, but all of them are part of this.”

Following the Sony Open, Grayson announced he was eight months sober.

In January, he revealed he was eight months sober. AP
The golfer previously criticized the PGA for not supporting his addiction battle. Getty Images

He had previously called out the PGA Tour in 2021 for not offering assistance during his battle with alcoholism.

“No the pga tour didn’t force me to drink. but the pga tour never gave me help. In my 5 years of experience of being on tour not once have i ever had a request been acknowledged by the commissioner or the PAC other than ‘we will get back to you,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

“I hope not only the PGA tour steps up in the areas they need to step up but i also hope people are held accountable in their roles they serve.”

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 988 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.