Country singer Granger Smith, 39, mourns the sudden death of his son River, 3.
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I have to deliver unthinkable news. We’ve lost our youngest son, River Kelly Smith. Following a tragic accident, and despite doctor’s best efforts, he was unable to be revived. Amber and I made the decision to say our last goodbyes and donate his organs so that other children will be given a second chance at life. Our family is devastated and heartbroken, but we take solace in knowing he is with his Heavenly Father. Riv was special. Everyone that met him knew that immediately. The joy he brought to our lives cannot be expressed and his light will be forever in our hearts. If there are words to say more, I cannot find them in this moment. Love the ones close to you. There has never been a more difficult moment for us than this. . . In lieu of flowers or gifts, please send donations to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name. The doctors, nurses and staff have been incredible.
On Thursday Granger broke the ‘unthinkable’ news on social media. He tweeted: “We have lost our youngest son, River Kelly Smith. After a tragic accident, and despite the doctor’s best efforts, he could not be revived. Amber and I have made the decision to say our last goodbye … Our family has been destroyed and saddened, but we find comfort knowing that he is with Heavenly Father. “
Granger remembered his youngest son and wrote: “Riv was special. Everyone who met him knew that right away. The joy he brought into our lives cannot be expressed and his light will be in our hearts forever.”
Smith revealed that his son’s organs were being donated “so that other children get a second chance to live.”
Instead of flowers or gifts, Granger requests that donations be made to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name.
Smith ended his statement and emphasized, “Love the neighbor. There has never been a difficult time for us but this.”
Granger’s wife Amber Emily Smith also shared the same statement on Instagram and added a photo of herself with Riv.
Granger is in the middle of touring, but it is unknown whether he will take some free time.
Smith is known for his songs “Backroad Song”, “If the boat fits” and “Happens Like That.”