Granger Smith’s son died in drowning accident, according to spokesperson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Granger Smith’s 3-year-old son died in a drowning, according to the country singer’s spokesperson.

PEOPLE reports that the rep said in a statement that River Kelly Smith died in a tragic drowning accident at home.

Both Smith and his wife, Amber Smith, originally shared the devastating news on social media Thursday that “despite doctor’s best efforts, he was unable to be revived.”

Smith posted a brokenhearted message to Instagram, calling the news “unthinkable.”

“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,” the singer wrote. “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.”

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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 Smith also shared the news, writing on Instagram that “nothing can prepare a mother to deliver this kind of news.”

The couple are also parents to two other children.

Smith sings the country hits “Happens Like That,” “City Boy Stuck” and “If the Boot Fits.”

The family is asking that in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations be sent to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name.

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