Granger Smith shared some heartbreaking news with his fans on Thursday.
In a statement, the country singer announced his 3-year-old son River has passed away following a “tragic accident.” While the cause of death wasn’t initially revealed, a rep for the singer confirms to People that the child died “due to a drowning accident at home.”
While Smith didn’t elaborate on what exactly happened, he did reveal that he and his wife Amber have chosen to donate River’s organs “so that other children will be given a second chance at life.”
I have to deliver unthinkable news. We’ve lost our youngest son, River Kelly Smith. Following a tragic accident, and…
“I have to deliver unthinkable news,” Smith shared in a 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.”
He continued, “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.”
The couple is asking in lieu of flowers or gifts, that fans send donations to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name.
Countless stars have sent their condolences to Smith and his family: