County star Granger Smith took to social media to share “the unthinkable news” that his youngest son, River Kelly, died “following a tragic accident.” He was 3 years old.
“Despite doctor’s best efforts, he was unable to be revived,” he wrote on Instagram on Thursday. “Amber [his wife] 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 continued, “Our family is devastated and heartbroken, but we take solace in knowing he is with his Heavenly Father.”
The “Stutter” singer wrote of the toddler, “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.”
Smith, 39, concluded, “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.”
Amber also shared the sad message on social media, writing, “Nothing can prepare a mother to deliver this kind of news. ”
Smith asked that instead of sending his family flowers or gifts, to donate to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name.
“The doctors, nurses and staff have been incredible,” he said.
Granger and Amber share two other kids, 7-year-old daughter London, and 5-year-old son Lincoln.
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