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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A man in Ohio filmed the heartbreaking moment he told his 8-year-old son that his mother passed away from a heroin overdose.
He posted the two-minute video to Facebook on Monday, and it already has over 25 million views.
The father says he wanted this video to be a wake-up call to addicts with children, but many people are disturbed that he shared such a private moment.
In the video, Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark holds his son’s hands and says, “I have something to tell you, okay? Mommy died last night.”
The little boy says, “What? What do you mean?”
Bickerstaff-Clark says, “From drugs,” and then his son breaks down in tears. He tries to comfort his son, hugging him and saying, “I’m sorry” and “I love you.”
Bickerstaff-Clark says he is a recovering addict and has been clean for three months. He asked someone to record this so addicts with children can see the seriousness of the heroin epidemic.
“This is the realization and reality of our disease. Don’t let this disease have to make someone tell your child that your dead because of drugs. This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. My son has no mother because of heroin... Please get help so our children don’t have to suffer. This wasn’t staged. This was real. I am a recovering addict myself with 94 days clean today. Please share n maybe help save a child’s parents life,” Bickerstaff-Clark says.