June 6, 2019
Granger Smith’s 3-year old son River’s cause of death has been revealed. In a statement to PEOPLE, Smith’s rep confirmed that River’s tragic death on Thursday was due to drowning. River “died in a tragic drowning accident at home,” a rep for Smith tells PEOPLE in a statement.
Granger shared the “unthinkable” news on Twitter and Instagram Thursday that his and wife Amber’s 3-year-old son River Kelly died “following a tragic accident” where “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,” Smith wrote, sharing along with a smiley photo of himself and River. “Our family is devastated and heartbroken, but we take solace in knowing he is with his Heavenly Father.”
Granger’s wife Amber echoed the news on her social account, saying “Nothing can prepare a mother to deliver this kind of news.” “In lieu of flowers or gifts,” the couple requested that those wanting to give to “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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