Homeless piano man from viral video reconnects with his son after 15 years

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By ALEXIS BENVENISTE

A video of homeless former U.S. Marine Donald Gould recently went viral after a clip of him playing Styx's "Come Sail Away" surfaced on the Internet.

After finding out that his video had become a hit, Donald mentioned that he hoped his son Donny would see it. Because of his struggles and issues with substance abuse, Donald lost custody of Donny when he was three years old. The father and son hadn't connected since, but Donny is 18 now and living in Michigan.

In previous interviews, Donald said he "thinks about his son every day" and hopes they'll be reunited someday.

The father-son pair finally reconnected this week via FaceTime, and it was the first time they've talked in 15 years. When Gould finally connected with Donny, he cleared his choked up voice and said, "How are you doing son? I'm so happy to see you."


Gould told WOOD TV:

While Gould loved connecting with Donny on FaceTime, he hopes to see his son in person some day. In the meantime, he's working on getting clean and staying clean.

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