Usher's Thank You to the Men that Saved His Son

By ETONLINE STAFF

August 07, 2013

Following the near-death experience of Usher's five-year-old son Usher Raymond V, the R&B singer has released a statement thanking those that rescued his child.

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"I am blessed and fortunate to say that my son Usher V is doing well and is recovering," Usher tells ET. "I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers, love and support for my family's well-being. I would like to thank my Aunt Rena as well as the doctors and nurses who are working with us around the clock. I would especially like to thank the two men who saved my son's life, Eugene Stachurski and Ben Crews. They are true heroes and I am deeply grateful to them."

According to a police incident report obtained by ET, the young boy was swimming and playing around the pool under the supervision of his aunt, Rena Oden, when he fell to the bottom of the pool and subsequently became stuck in the drain. Attempts by Oden and the housekeeper to remove him were unsuccessful, but luckily a pair of subcontractors -- Benjamin Crews and Eugene Stachurski -- working on a sound system in the house were able to pull the boy from the pool and revive him with CPR.

Today, Usher's ex-wife and Usher V's mother Tameka Foster was granted an emergency hearing for custody, claiming that Usher has "failed to personally exercise physical custody of the minor children" and utilizes "third-party caregivers ... rather than personally exercising parenting time" and alleges that Usher isn't home "85 percent" of the time.

Usher and Tameka, who filed for divorce in 2009, have two children together -- Usher V and four-year-old Naviyd Ely Raymond.



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