Granger Smith revealed some devastating news Thursday afternoon (June 6), posting a note on social media to tell fans that his 3-year-old son, River Kelly Smith, had died in a tragic accident. The Tennessean reports that his son drowned at their family’s home.
“I have to deliver unthinkable news,” Smith shared in the statement. “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.”
He added: “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.”
There are no details yet of how River died.
In lieu of sympathies, the family asks that donations be made in the name of River Kelly Smith to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name.
— Granger Smith (@GrangerSmith) June 6, 2019
This article has been updated to include the cause of death of Smith’s son.