Moment father tells son, 8, his mum has overdosed goes viral
"I HAVE something to tell you, okay?...Mummy died last night."
A father has recorded the moment he had to tell his eight-year-old son his mother has died from a drug over dose.
Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark from Youngstown, Ohio then shared the footage on Facebook "for any and every addict with children".
The video has been viewed more than 27 million times.
Sitting across the table from each other, Bickerstaff-Clark says to his son: "I have something to tell you, okay?...Mummy died last night."
"What? What do you mean, my mum?" his son asks. "How?"
"From drugs," Bickerstaff-Clark tells him.
The boy then breaks down, turning to the woman beside him and crying into her arrms.
"I'm sorry" and "I love you" Bickerstaff-Clark says, moving around the table to hold him.
After two minutes he tells the person filming: "That's enough."
Bickerstaff-Clark says telling his son him mum was dead was "one of the hardest things I've ever had to do".
"This is the realisation and reality of our disease. Don't let this disease have to make someone tell your child that you're [sic] dead because of drugs.
"My son has no mother because of heroin."
He says he had someone record the moment so "addicts with children can see the seriousness of our epidemic".
"This wasn't staged. This was real."
A recovering addict himself, Bickerstaff-Clark calls for other addicts to get help "so our children don't have to suffer".
Ohio is currently the epicentre of a herion epidemic.
On September 9, City of East Liverpool, Ohio posted photos of a couple passed out in a car with a child restrained in a car seat in the back seat after allegedly overdosing on heroin.
The police department later defended sharing the photos saying in a statement: "We are well aware that some may be offended by these images and for that we are truly sorry, but it is time that the non drug-using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis."
According to the officer's report of the incident, also posted on the Facebook page, the couple, James Acord and Rhonda Pasek were arrested on child endangerment charges.