Music often has the power to lift our spirits in desperate moments, but for singer-songwriter Cady Groves fans, each note plays a little lower now as they mourn the 30-year-old country music sensation.
On May 3, 2020, Cady’s brother Cody revealed via Twitter that the “Love Actually” singer “left this world.” He explained that “details are limited at this time, but the family is trying to get them and will keep people up to date,” unintentionally sparking rumors that Cady’s mental health struggles led to her death.
As a result, Cady’s public relations firm Big Hassle Media quickly stepped in to clarify the situation: “Her death appears to be from natural causes, pending a final coroner’s report. The coroner has ruled out foul play and self-harm.”
Cody also took to Twitter again to clear up any confusion around the “twisted misinformation pool” on the Internet. “The coroner has completed [an] autopsy and there was no indication of foul play or self-harm. In short, Cady Groves died of natural causes,” he explained. “She had some medical problems last fall and our best guess right now until more tests are completed is that they had resurfaced.”
He noted that Cady was “eager for the coming months and the release of her new album,” despite alarming posts on social media. What revelations worried her fans in the first place?
Cady Groves shared her mental health issues on social media
Cady Groves launched her country music career in 2009 when she independently released his first EP, A Month of Sundays. In the ensuing decade, the “This Little Girl” singer built up an impressive fan base, so when she decided to talk about her mental health issues amidst the coronavirus blockade, Cady turned to social media.
“Kinda starting to feel like we’re all waking up every day looking out the window at the beginning of the end of the world,” Cady said, tweeting on April 14, 2020. “Clearly, all of this has made me feel defeated.”
She took advantage of those thoughts a day later. “Some days my mental health is horrible. I feel completely alone and scared and away from everyone I love and all I can do is stay busy and move on,” Cady shared via Instagram.
“Some days are better. I know the way I feel is not special because we are ALL experiencing this separately, but together. It’s okay to be scared and have days when you just cry and put your hair up in a bun and don’t take your pajamas off. But it is also okay to take it day by day, as I did today, and have hope. My heart is with all of you.”
While multiple sources reiterated that there was no foul play or self-harm, fans are still trying to make sense of the unexpected and untimely death of this emerging talent.
Cady Groves’ brothers also tragically died young
Born as the youngest of seven children, Cady Groves is not the first of her siblings to die young. Her brothers Casey and Kelly also passed away in 2007 and 2014, respectively. They were both 28 years old, and as Cady once said, these tragedies shaped her life as an artist.
“One of my brothers was killed six years ago, and my life stopped when that happened, and I spent five years of my life becoming a terrible person, not for other people, but for myself,” said the singer. “I didn’t love me anymore, and I was so sad. My other brother just died about a month ago, and when he died, it is very strange to say this, but he gave me my life back. ”
When friends at Kelly’s funeral began to tell “crazy stories” about what “the funniest person they’d ever met in their entire lives” was, Cady knew she had to change. “I want to be that person for other people. I want to be funny, and I want to tell stories to people, and I want people to remember me in that way”, she said.
“Finally, I thought. I want to be the coolest person for anyone I know, and I want people to feel important, beautiful, and happy, and I want to share what happened.”
We just wish Cady has more time to share these gifts with the world.