A former ‘Dancing With the Stars’ cast member has returned to Instagram to send a message to fans six weeks after the death of his son.
On July 23, 2022, Jack Wagner, who competed in Season 14 of DWTS, shared a video of himself at the airport as he prepared to fly to Vancouver.
“Thank you all for the love and kindness you sent,” Wagner said. “I can’t tell you how much it means to me,” he added.
The news comes after Wagner lost his son Harrison, who died on June 6, 2022. According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s case report, his body was found in a parking lot in North Hollywood, California at the time.
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In his first Instagram post since May 22, 2022, Wagner took a moment to thank those who have sent their condolences, love and support during this challenging time.
“Thank you all so much for the love and support you have sent me. It has helped me more than you will ever know,” he wrote in the caption. He also said he was “excited” to get back to work.
The post’s comments section quickly filled with additional messages of love and support for Wagner.
“You and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Have a good flight and we can’t wait to see these BTS goodies! Cheers to S10! So glad you’re our Bill Avery,” one person wrote.
“We love you so much! Happy to see you ☺️ and even more looking forward to filming Season 10 because you are the KING of #BTS,” added another.
“That’s all! I’m so glad you’re on your way to Hope Valley! Safe travels! Will be keeping an eye out for your amazing BTS photos and videos!! Can’t wait for Season 10!!” echoed a third Instagram user.
“I’m glad you could feel our love and support. Thinking of you all,” said a fourth.
Although the Wagner family did not release a statement after Harrison’s death, a grant fund set up in his name provided the public with some additional details about what had happened. In addition to the shared family of being “heartbroken,” Harrison’s cause of death was also revealed.
According to the description of the fund, which was set up in the New Life House Recovery Community, the 27-year-old has “lost his battle with addiction.”
“The Harrison Wagner Scholarship Fund was established by Jack Wagner and Kristina Wagner in honor of their son Harrison Wagner. Harrison was a bright, exuberant young man whose smile brightened every room he was in. He left many husbands and family members who loved him dearly,” according to the New Life House website.
“We are heartbroken that he ultimately lost his battle with addiction and we hope that this grant will help Harrison’s memory live on and help other young men get help for their addictions that they could not otherwise afford.” ‘ the description goes on to say.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, please contact the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.
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