Usher holding up after stepson's death

2012-07-24 15:00
Los Angeles - Usher is "standing strong" following the death of his 11-year-old stepson.

Kile Glover - the child of Usher's ex-wife Tameka Raymond and her former partner Ryan Glover - passed away on Saturday after the family made the heartbreaking decision to turn off his life support machine two weeks after he was critically injured in a jet ski accident.

Although Usher is devastated by the loss, his godfather Ben Vereen said he is holding up as best he can.

He told the Huffington Post:

"I'm proud of (him) because he's standing strong. It's a terrible thing when a parent has to bury their child. No parent should ever have to bury his or her child. So please continue your prayers for him and (his) family for strength and healing."

Kyle was struck in the head during a jet ski collision while riding an inner tube on Lake Lanier in Atlanta, Georgia.

'God's in control'

Last week, Kile's family asked for prayers as they kept a bedside vigil following the tragic accident.

They said in a statement: "We know God's in control, and are leaning on our faith in Him and His word at this most difficult time.

"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."

Usher and Tameka divorced in 2009 after two years of marriage, and were in the middle of a bitter custody battle over their sons Usher Raymond V, four, and Naviyd, three.

However, they are understood to have put their differences aside in the wake of the accident.