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Usher posts picture with son after near-fatal pool incident

PLAY TIME: Usher with five-year-old son Usher Jr

USHER HAS posted a picture playing a game with his five-year-old son a week after the youngster almost drowned in the star's pool.

In the post on Instagram, the singer thanked fans, who he affectionately calls 'Team Usher', for their love and support following the incident at his Atlanta residence on Aug 5.

"Thank U #TeamUsher for the love & support. Can't do it without you," he wrote in the short post.

Usher Raymond V, who wears a blue cast in the picture, was rushed to intensive care after his arm got caught in the pool's drain while playing in the water with Usher's aunt Rena Oden, according to TMZ.

Rena reportedly swam down to rescue the youngster when she realised he was in trouble underwater, but to no avail.

A maid also rushed to the scene, but could not help and then screamed for assistance.

It was then that two men working in the house were said to have rushed out and also dove into the pool, finally freeing the boy's arm from the drain.

Usher Jr was then reportedly given CPR and rushed to hospital.

His famous father was not home at the time of the incident, but as soon as he was notified, was said to have promptly rushed to his Atlanta property.

Once the five-year-old was given the all-clear by doctors, Usher released a statement thanking the two workmen who saved his son's life, calling them 'true heroes'.

"I would especially like to thank the two men who saved my son's life, Eugene Stachurski and Ben Crews," he said. "They are true heroes and I am deeply grateful to them."

This latest incident comes just one year after Usher's stepson died following a jet ski accident.

Kile passed away from the injuries he obtained after being run over on July 6, 2012 by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier.

The young boy, whose mother is Usher's ex-wife Tameka, was taken off life support by doctors on July 21, who determined that he would not recover from his injuries.

Last year, Usher was granted primary custody of the couple's two sons, Usher Raymond V and four-year-old Nayvid. She has limited custodial rights after their split, but unsuccessfully sought to reverse the situation.

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