Granger Smith's Son, River, Died in 'Tragic Drowning,' Rep Confirms


Granger Smith shared the hardest news imaginable earlier today about his youngest son.

"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 a statement to PEOPLE, Granger's rep confirmed that River’s tragic death on Thursday was due to drowning in a pool.

River “died in a tragic drowning accident at home,” a rep for Smith tells PEOPLE in a statement.

The Williamson County Sheriff Department declined to comment on the incident.

Sending Granger and his family prayers during this difficult time.

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