“I want to thank you all for the support and love shown to me and my family. When tragedy strikes, there is nothing more heartening than knowing that you’re not alone
“It was with deep gratitude that I received your note, and calls with condolences. We have seen many changes over the years. But this is a change I did not anticipate, and I am feeling an acute sense of loss
“However, I know that because of your encouragement, I will get through this time. Thank you for helping to push me through my grief,” he wrote on his Instagram page on Monday.