Kid Rock speaks out for the first time following the death of his assistant and close friend Getty Images
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Kid Rock is sharing his grief over the loss of a close friend, his personal assistant Michael Sacha, who was killed in an ATV accident on the singer’s property just north of Nashville

Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN reports the crash happened overnight Sunday, April 24. Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, found Sacha around 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 25. He had driven two people down the driveway to the road to meet an Uber driver. He apparently lost control of the ATV and crashed on his way back home.

The death has been classified accidental.

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Kid Rock released a statement on his website. It reads, “I am beyond devastated to report that my personal assistant Mike Sacha passed away today in an ATV accident here in Nashville. He was a member of our family and one of the greatest young men I have ever had the pleasure to not only work with, but also to become friends with. I know I speak for us all in sharing my deepest condolences to his family. I can not imagine how they must feel. Myself, the band, our family, friends and co-workers are devastated over this loss. We were supposed to be back in Michigan today, but I am going to stay here with Mike until I can bring him home to his family.”

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Kid Rock made the statement so the truth could get out there quickly.

He continued, “We’ve already been contacted by the press asking if it was me who was in the accident, so I want to stop any rumors before they spread. I’m asking everyone to please respect our and his families’ privacy in this difficult time. RIP Mike. We will never forget you, my friend.”

Kid Rock reportedly owns about 170 acres in Whites Creek near Nashville. According to records, the property includes a multi-million dollar home.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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