Musician Tai Anderson of Third Day Loses Son to Addiction

( – Just five years after the devastating loss of his daughter, Tai Anderson, the longtime bassist of the now-disbanded award-winning Christian rock band Third Day, has announced with a devastated heart the tragic death of his son, Eli.

The musician broke the news of his death on Instagram and urged followers to contribute to the funeral and medical expenses.

Melina Smith, Eli’s aunt, started a GoFundMe campaign and, as of Wednesday morning, has garnered more than $33,668 of the $50,000 goal. The money will go toward funeral costs and hospital expenditures.

Eli’s family has expressed their gratitude for the outpouring of love and kindness.

The suicide of Tai Anderson’s daughter Mackenzie was disclosed in 2018.

The Christian rock band Third Day started in the early ’90s in Marietta, Georgia. In addition to being very gifted musicians, members of the band are devoted Christians.

With many Grammy and Dove Award wins under their belt, the band has an extensive catalog of music. Third Day’s music is known for its strong and emotionally resonant lyrics, which are accompanied by a distinctive combination of blues, country, and Southern rock.

Approximately one year after Mac Powell and Mark Lee formed Third Day, Anderson became a member of the band in 1992. In 2015, he stated his desire to place his identity as a child of God and as a husband and father above the touring lifestyle and decided to leave the band.

The popular band led a 2018 farewell tour 25 years after first hitting the stage.

The drug that may have killed Anderson is still unknown by authorities, but death by opioids is a legitimate crisis in the United States.

Fentanyl has devastated American families and communities over the last decade, killing countless people through overdoses on everyday medications. There have been several cases of fatal overdoses involving infants and toddlers.

Many people feel the Chinese government is employing fentanyl as a tool in its arsenal in its silent war against the US.

From 2019 to 2022, the number of drug overdose deaths increased, reaching 107,941 in 2022. The number of fatal overdoses caused by synthetic opioids, particularly fentanyl, continued to climb in 2022, with 73,838 documented cases.

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