Quad Webb and her family are mourning the loss of her three-year-old great-niece, Ari, after the child tragically drowned earlier this month.
According to a new report, the Married to Medicine cast member has recently been dealt with not one but two devastating incidents in recent weeks, one of which occurred at the pool of her Atlanta home.
According to law enforcement sources, who spoke to TMZ on July 24, police officers and firefighters responded to a call about a drowning at Quad’s residence on July 7 after two men discovered that what they thought was a baby doll floating in the pool was actually Ari.
In a police report obtained by WSB-TV Channel 2 Atlanta, it was confirmed that the child was Aryanna “Ari” Rice, the daughter of Quad’s niece, Tamica Webb.
Although firefighters attempted to revive the child, she was sadly pronounced dead after being transported to Scottish Rite Hospital.
After the devastating passing was confirmed publicly, Quad’s rep released a statement to TMZ.
“Quad Webb and family have suffered the loss of two beloved family members, in separate occasions, in just one week. This has been an incredibly challenging experience for the entire family. Your understanding and support are deeply valued,” they stated. “In this trying time, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for the kindness and compassion shown by the public, fans and media. We kindly request much needed privacy during this period of mourning as Quad is taking time to grieve with her family.”
Earlier this year, as Ari celebrated her third birthday on April 8, Quad honored her with an Instagram post.
“Wow, I can’t believe my baby is 3 years old today! I remember you falling to sleep laying on my chest. You absolutely stole my heart from the moment I saw you; Ari you’re so special to me and I’m grateful to be [a part] of your life! I got you forever!!! Happy birthday chocolate drop,” she wrote, along with a slideshow of photos of the child.
Following Ari’s birth in 2020, Quad clarified that while she and her mother would be helping care for Ari, she had not adopted the child.
“I am filling in the gaps, as there have been several rumors. I want to clarify that baby Ari is not my adopted daughter,” Quad said in a statement to The Daily Dish. “My mom and I are in a supportive role for Ari, and while everyone is elated about the new addition to our family, she has a mother.”
“We are the village here to support baby Ari,” Quad continued. “We appreciate your prayers and ask for privacy at this time.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Quad and her family during this heartwrenching time.