Country singer Granger Smith, best known for his songs, “The Country Boys Song” and “Happens Like That,” took to Instagram June 6 to make an emotional statement to his fans.

In the statement, Granger revealed the “unthinkable news” that his 3-year-old son River Kelly Smith has passed away.

View this post on Instagram

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.

A post shared by Granger Smith (@grangersmith) on

The father of three wrote:

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.

Granger said he and his wife, Amber, made the decision to donate their son’s organs following his unexpected passing:

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.

River celebrated his third birthday just last month.

View this post on Instagram

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.

A post shared by Amber Smith (@amberemilysmith) on

Amber also shared the statement on her account, adding that “Nothing can prepare a mother to deliver this kind of news. ”

Thousands of fans and fellow country music stars have reached out to Smith and his family on Instagram. Kane Brown wrote:

I’m here for you if you need anything at all bro just hit me up

While Carly Peirce added:

Granger I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Before Cody Allen wrote:

so sorry to hear. love to you and your family

And the band “Dan and Shay”  said:

Heartbroken for you and your family. Sending all the love.

Many more have followed.

The singer then asked that those wanted to offer their condolences to “please send donations to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name,” in lieu of flowers or gifts. He also thanked the doctors, nurses, and staff who “have been incredible.”

Details around the “tragic accident” are not immediately known.

Leave a comment

3 Replies to “‘Love the Ones Close to You’: Country Singer Granger Smith Says 3-Year-Old Son Passed Away in ‘Tragic Accident’”

In response to:

‘Love the Ones Close to You’: Country Singer Granger Smith Says 3-Year-Old Son Passed Away in ‘Tragic Accident’

Your email address will not be published.