As we previously reported, the two year old who was snatched by an alligator and dragged into a lagoon at a Walt Disney World hotel has been found and declared as dead. Authorities have since released the first image of the deceased toddler, Lane Graves, following the unspeakable tragedy.
It's said the Orange County Sheriff's dive team recovered the youngster's lifeless body completely intact. On informing the family on the death of their son, Sheriff Jerry Demings explained:
"Of course, the family was distraught, but also somewhat relieved that we were able to find their son with his body intact and that his body was located so they can come to grips with what happened…it was a tough message to deliver to them to let them know that their child was dead.
Oh man. Not long after the Nebraska boy's death was confirmed, Disney CEO Bob Iger released a statement and issued his condolences to the Graves family. He shared:
"As a parent and a grandparent, my heart goes out to the Graves family during this time of devastating loss. My thoughts and prayers are with them, and I know everyone at Disney joins me in offering our deepest sympathies."
In fact, Iger isn't the only executive to comment on the death as the president of Walt Disney World Resort, George A. Kalogridis added:
"There are no words to convey the profound sorrow we feel for the family and their unimaginable loss. We are devastated and heartbroken by this tragic accident and are doing what we can to help the family during this difficult time. On behalf of everyone at Disney, we offer our deepest sympathies."
We can only imagine the devastation the young tot's family is currently going through — especially since reports state that Lane's father attempted to wrestle the gator in order to save his son's life. Our thoughts are with the Graves family during this trying time.
So what does exec producer Selena Gomez think of all this controversy? It's pretty much what she was going for. She told the AP:
"We stayed very true to the book and that's initially what Jay Asher created, was a beautifully tragic, complicated yet suspenseful story, and I think that's what we wanted to do. We wanted to do it justice and, yeah, that's going to come no matter what. It's not an easy subject to talk about, but I'm very fortunate with how it's doing. I'm overwhelmed. I'm very proud of it."
Whatever your reaction to the show, it is getting a lot more people to talk about the problem of teen suicide.