Report: Grayson Murray cause of death suspected to be carbon monoxide poisoning

PGA Tour pro Grayson Murray died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, according to a report.

Grayson Murray took his own life, confirms parents
Grayson Murray took his own life, confirms parents

PGA Tour pro Grayson Murray is believed to have died from 'suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after filing his Florida townhouse with toxic exhaust gases', according to the Daily Mail

Palm Beach Gardens Police Department (PBGPD) said on Tuesday there is an ongoing inquiry into Murray's death, which occurred inside a residence within city limits on Saturday May 25 at around 11am.

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The parents of Murray confirmed their son took his own life in an emotional PGA Tour statement posted on Sunday May 26.

Eric and Terry Murray issued a statement that was posted on the PGA Tour's social media feed during the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Murray, who died aged 30, was in the field for last week's Charles Schwab Challenge but withdrew after 16 holes in the second round. 

Grayson Murray won the Sony Open this season
Grayson Murray won the Sony Open this season

Per the latest Daily Mail article, Murray is "believed to have left his Land Rover running in his ground-floor garage then headed upstairs as it pumped fumes into the three-story property in Palm Beach Gardens.

"A worried neighbor heard prolonged, noisy revving at around 12:30am Saturday but when he wandered along the street to investigate it had stopped.

"Locals later heard the blare of a carbon monoxide alarm and police were called to the upscale $800,000 home, where Murray lived with his fiancée Christiana Ritchie, 28 at 10:49 am."

An anonymous neighbor reportedly told the publication: "My thought was maybe it was a kid revving a car. I went outside to investigate but by then there was no sound. What I later heard is that he started the car in the garage and went upstairs. He went to sleep and never woke up. People only found out because the CO alarm kept going off."

Grayson Murray cause of death confirmed

When Murray withdrew from the 2023 Charles Schwab Challenge on Friday May 24, the reason given was 'illness'.

But Murray's parents confirmed on Sunday afternoon their son died by suicide on Saturday morning. 

There had been calls from the golf world for the tournament to be cancelled following Murray's death, but his parents reiterated how their son would only want the event to have continued as planned. 

Murray had started the tournament with a round of 2-under 68, but he was 5-over par thru 16 holes and just outside the cut mark when he withdrew from the tournament on Friday. 

His parents have expressed how their son was loved by all of his family and friends. 

Murray had been open with his mental health struggles in the past during his golf career.

He was also previously critical of the PGA Tour for allegedly not helping him enough with alcoholism.

In May 2023, Murray told how his parents 'had been through hell and back with me'.

Read the full statement posted by Murray's parents below: 

The statement from Grayson Murray's parents read as follows: 

We have spent the last 24 hours trying to come to terms with the fact our son is gone. It's surreal that we not only have to admit it to ourselves, but that we also have to acknowledge it to the world. It's a nightmare. 

We have so many questions that have no answers. 

But one. 

Was Grayson loved? The answer is yes. By us, his brother Cameron, his sister Erica, all of his extended family, by his friends, by his fellow players and - it seems - by many of you who are reading this. He was loved and he will be missed. 

We would like to thank the PGA Tour and the entire world of golf for the outpouring of support. Life wasn't always easy for Grayson, and although he took his own life, we know he rests peacefully now.

Please respect our privacy as we work through this incredible tragedy, and please honor Grayson by being kind to one another. If that becomes his legacy, we could ask for nothing else.

Thank you.

A host of PGA Tour and LIV Golf players have left tributes to Murray and paid their respects to his family and friends on social media over the past few days.

Players wore red and black ribbons in the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge to honour his life.

Murray wore the colours of his hometown Carolina Hurricanes when competing on Sundays. 

Two-time PGA Tour winner Peter Malnati was reduced to tears during an incredibly powerful and emotional interview with CBS' Amanda Balionis following the third round of the Charles Schwab Challenge. 

Malnati had been playing with Murray in the first two rounds in Texas.

Grayson Murray passed away on Saturday
Grayson Murray passed away on Saturday

Who is Grayson Murray's fiancee? 

Grayson Murray's fiancee is Christiana Ritchie.

They met at the 2021 American Express tournament in California.

They announced their engagement at the end of 2023.

Christiana was also seen caddying for Grayson at the annual Par-3 Content at famed Augusta National last month. 

Grayson Murray career achievements

A two-time PGA Tour winner, Murray claimed his first victory on the North American circuit at the 2017 Barbasol Championship.

In January 2024, Murray landed the Sony Open in Hawaii after defeating Ben An and Keegan Bradley in a playoff.

Murray was ranked 58th in the Official World Golf Rankings ahead of last week's Charles Schwab Challenge.

He played in both of the season's first two majors, finishing solo 51st at The Masters and T43 at last week's US PGA Championship.

Murray made five major appearances in total with his best finish a T22 at the 2017 US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

RIP Grayson Murray

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