Michael and Shonell say their 14-year-old son, Tate, was a great kid with many friends and had a lot going for him. However, their biggest fear came true recently when Tate passed away.
“Our son, Tate, was 14 years old and passed away due to one of these social media challenges,” Michael says.

“We’ve just been totally heartbroken to have lost him, and we feel the void every day and every moment of him being gone,” Shonell adds. “If I can help another child not to do this and their family and friends not to go through this, then, to me, that’s everything.”
In the video above, the parents share their story, including how they believe Tate died after participating in “The Blackout Challenge,” which encourages children to suffocate themselves until they blackout. 
On Thursday’s episode of Dr. Phil, “Shedding Light on ‘The Blackout Challenge,’” hear from parents who claim their son died from “The Blackout Challenge” after his bully told him how to do it. And, follow up with a past guest who lost one of her 13-year-old twin boys to the choking game in 2005. Check local listings to see where you can watch.

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