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Former Third Day Member Loses Son to Addiction Following Daughter’s Death in 2018

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Tai Anderson, the former bassist and long-time member of the Grammy Award-winning Christian rock group Third Day, shared the tragic news that he lost his son Eli last month.

Anderson lost his daughter Mackenzie in 2018.

“Our brother, Tai Anderson, has tragically lost his beloved son, Eli,” Third Day posted on social media. “We are all heartbroken. Please keep his family in your prayers. If you’d like to contribute, a gofundme has been set up in Eli’s name to help cover the extensive medical bills, memorial costs and ongoing family grief support.”

Anderson shared Third Day’s post and thanked his former bandmates for their help in what he described as a time of walking through the “valley of the shadow of death.”

“Guys, it’s not easy to ask for help,” Anderson said. “Thank you to my brothers from Third Day for sharing this opportunity to support my family as we walk again in the valley of the shadow of death.”

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He added, “We are all going to need a lot of spiritual and psychological support in the wake of losing our precious Eli. I would be forever grateful to any of you who can help support us in our hour of desperation.”

According to the GoFundMe account, Eli struggled with addiction, which ultimately took his life.

“Our family is heartbroken by the loss of my beloved nephew, Eli Anderson,” his aunt wrote in the campaign’s description. “Eli was a sweet, gentle soul with a big heart and a wonderful sense of humor. He brought joy to everyone who knew him. Tragically, we lost Eli to the insidious disease of addiction.”

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She praised Eli for being an organ donor, calling the decision “selfless” and his “final act of generosity.”

So far, over $32,500 has been raised for medical bills and memorial expenses.