Country singer Granger Smith is mourning his 3-year-old son.
“I have to deliver unthinkable news. We’ve lost our youngest son, River Kelly Smith,” Smith said in a statement. “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.”
Smith and his family are asking for donations to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name in lieu of flowers or gifts.
“The doctors, nurses and staff have been incredible,” Smith said of those at the Austin, Texas, hospital.
Amber Smith released the same statement Thursday with a photo of her with their youngest son.