Granger Smith Posts Heartbreaking Note About the Death of His Youngest Son

River Kelly Smith was just three-years-old

June 7, 2019

Granger Smith posted a devastating note on Thursday, announcing the tragic death of his son River Kelly Smith. River was born on May 16, 2016.

"I have to deliver unthinkable news. We’ve lost our youngest son, River Kelly Smith" he wrote. "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."

Rather than flowers, Smith is asking people to please send donations to the Dell Children's Medical Center in Texas in River's name.

"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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Granger Smith and his wife Amber have been married since 2010. The couple has two other childern, daughter London and son Lincoln.

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