Report: Cause of Death Revealed for Granger Smith’s Son

June 7, 2019 Updated: June 7, 2019

The cause of death for country singer Granger Smith’s 3-year-old son, River, was reportedly due to drowning in a swimming pool.

Smith, in an Instagram post, stated that doctors were not able to revive his son after a “tragic accident,” but he did not elaborate on what happened.

“I have to deliver unthinkable news. We’ve lost our youngest son, River Kelly Smith. Following a tragic accident, and despite [the] doctor’s best efforts, he was unable to be revived,” he wrote on Instagram.

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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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His wife, Amber Smith, then “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,” he wrote.

People magazine reported on June 6 that the child drowned in an accident at his home in Texas. The Williamson County Sheriff Department declined to comment on the matter.

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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.

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children between the ages of 1 and 4 experience the highest rates of drowning, and they mostly take place at home swimming pools.

Factors that influence the risk of drowning include the victims’ inability to swim, a lack of barriers around the pool, a lack of supervision, alcohol use, seizure disorders, and not wearing life vests.

“Designate a responsible adult to watch young children while in the bath and all children swimming or playing in or around water. Supervisors of preschool children should provide ‘touch supervision,’ be close enough to reach the child at all times,” the CDC says.

The parents, who got married in 2010, are also parents of London, 7, and Lincoln, 5.

Morgan Miller, the U.S. professional beach volleyball player who is married to U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller, said that her “heart breaks” for Smith’s loss. According to Today.com, they lost their 19-month old girl Emmy in a drowning accident.

“My heart breaks,” Miller wrote, according to the website. “Another baby gone too soon. It can truly happen to anyone.”

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