Travis Barker’s ex-wife says their lives have been “been changed forever” following the plane crash which left Travis critically injured.
Former Miss USA Shanna Moakler – who has two children with the former Blink 182 drummer, four-year-old son Landon and daughter Alabama, two – is currently at Travis’ side as he recovers at Georgia’s Joseph M. Still Burn Center and has thanked his fans for their messages of support.
In a statement, Shanna said: “There are not enough words to express how thankful we are for the outpouring of love and support we have received during this difficult time. We can only ask for prayers as we heal and mourn the loss of our dear friends who we considered part of our family. Our lives will be changed forever.”
Travis’ close friend DJ AM – real name Adam Goldstein – was also injured in the accident, which occurred at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport after the two men had played a free concert under the name of TRVSDJ-AM in Columbia, South Carolina, on Friday (19.09.08).
Both men suffered second and third degree burns, but are expected to make full recoveries.
Shanna was reportedly “devastated” when she heard about the accident, which claimed the life of Travis’ assistant Chris Baker.
A source said: “When she got the call, she was in shock. She was very upset. It was devastating for her. But she knew she had to keep it together for Travis, her kids and her family. She’s there trying to lift his spirits. She’s there for him and will be there for him as long as it takes. She loves him.
“They lost Chris, he was part of the family. They are really upset about his death.”
Memorial funds have been set up in honour of Chris and Travis’ security guard Charles Still who was also killed in the crash.
While a cause for the accident has yet to officially be determined, a blown tyre during takeoff may be to blame.
In a statement, Goodyear, the tire’s manufacturer, said: “We have been contacted by the National Transportation Safety Board and will cooperate fully with its investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this accident.”
Pilot Sarah Lemmon, 31 and co-pilot James Bland, 52, also lost their lives.