Kid Rock is clearing his name of any wrongdoing after news broke that his assistant had died at the “Picture” singer’s Nashville, Tennessee, home. He released a statement on the incident via his website in an effort to stop rumors before they could start.

In his post, the controversial musician — born Robert Ritchie — revealed to fans that he was “devastated” by Sacha’s passing. He referred to his assistant as “one of the greatest,” adding that while working together professionally they became more like “family.” Kid Rock asked that fans allow Sacha’s family to grieve before sending one final farewell to his friend.

“He was a member of our family and one of the greatest young men I have ever had the pleasure to not only work with, but also to become friends with. I know I speak for us all in sharing my deepest condolences to his family. I cannot imagine how they must feel,” the American Music award-winner wrote. “I’m asking everyone to please respect our and his families’[sic]  privacy in this difficult time. RIP Mike. We will never forget you.”

According to Fox 2 Detroit, Sacha, 30, was found dead outside Kid Rock’s home on Monday. He is said to have gone out on an all terrain vehicle to bring two guests to their Uber, which was waiting at the end of the long driveway. An early investigation into Sacha’s death suggests that he crashed while returning to Kid Rock’s home. Authorities have ruled it an accident.

Kid Rock has not said any more on Sacha’s death. He has been quiet on both Instagram and Twitter since news broke. No further details have been made available at this time.