Country music star Granger Smith revealed that his youngest son, 3-year-old River Kelly Smith, died following a tragic drowning accident at their home.
Smith shared the news Thursday on Instagram, telling his fans: “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,” he wrote. “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,” he added.
“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’s wife, Amber, added a photo to her own Instagram as well, writing: “Nothing can prepare a mother to deliver this kind of news.”
She shared the same caption to her photograph as her husband did, asking that “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,” Amber and Granger both added in their posts.
Smith’s rep confirmed to PEOPLE that River’s death was due to a drowning accident at home.
River had just turned three in May. “Someone is 3 today! Happy birthday to our fearless, tractor and Lightening McQueen loving, red-headed, dare devil! He keeps us laughing, definitely keeps me on my toes, gives the best hugs and is as sweet as honey! We love our little Riv,” Amber wrote on Instagram at the time.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett