Golfer David Feherty announces his son died of overdose

The son of David Feherty, the Northern Ireland golfer turned US commentary star, has died from an overdose on his 29th birthday.

It is understood that Shey Feherty died on Saturday, and a funeral service was to be held in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday.

Feherty tweeted the tragic news on social media.

David Feherty's son, Shey Feherty, died on Saturday, the orthern Ireland golfer turned US commentary star announced on social media. A funeral service was to be held in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday

David Feherty's son, Shey Feherty, died on Saturday, the orthern Ireland golfer turned US commentary star announced on social media. A funeral service was to be held in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday

David Feherty, 58, was originally from Bangor, Co Down, but is now based in Dallas

He tweeted the tragic news on social media

David Feherty, 58, was originally from Bangor, Co Down, but is now based in Dallas. He tweeted the tragic news on social media

'My first born son is gone from me, dying from an overdose on his 29th birthday. Bless his sweet heart, I will fight on,' he wrote in a post.

David Feherty, 58, was originally from Bangor, Co Down, but is now based in Dallas.

After a successful playing career, which saw him represent Europe in the Ryder Cup, Feherty went on to forge a career as an on-course commentator and analyst.

Having previously worked for CBS, he now has his own show on NBC's Golf Channel.

He has spoken publicly about his own battles with alcohol and drug addiction in the past. 

Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports, and Mike McCarley, president of golf at NBC Sports Group, issued a joint statement passing on sympathies.

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