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‘He’s with His Heavenly Father’: Country Singer Reveals 3-Year-Old Son Has Died in Tragic Accident

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In a sorrowful post to Instagram, Granger Smith revealed that his youngest son, 3-year-old River Kelly Smith, has died.


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In a sorrowful post to Instagram, Granger Smith revealed that his youngest son, 3-year-old River Kelly Smith, has died.

The well-known country music singer shared the news Thursday on Instagram, telling his fans: “I have to deliver unthinkable news. We’ve lost our youngest son, River Kelly Smith.”

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“Following a tragic accident, and despite doctor’s best efforts, he was unable to be revived,” he shared.

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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.

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“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,” he added. “Riv was special. Everyone that met him knew that immediately.”

Smith added: “The joy he brought to our lives cannot be expressed and his light will be forever in our hearts.”

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“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…”

Smith’s wife Amber added a photo to her own Instagram as well, writing: “Nothing can prepare a mother to deliver this kind of news.”

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Nothing can prepare a mother to deliver this kind of 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. Granger 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, we 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.

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She shared the same caption to her photograph as her husband did, asking that “in lieu of flowers or gifts, please send donations to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name.”

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“The doctors, nurses and staff have been incredible,” Amber and Granger both added in their posts.

River had just turned three in May.

Please keep this heartbroken family in your prayers.