In a statement released by country singer Granger Smith’s reps, his 3-year-old son River Kelly Smith passed away as a result of accidental drowning.
As Dearly previously reported, Granger and his wife, Amber, first revealed the news of their young son’s passing on Instagram on June 6.
The couple originally decided not to go into detail about River’s sudden death. They wrote:
We’ve lost our youngest son, River Kelly Smith. 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.
According to People, hours after the announcement went public, representatives for Granger and his family explained the cause of River’s death was “a drowning accident” at their Texas home.
As a result of the news, thousands of fans and handfuls of fellow country artists reached out to offer their condolences to Granger, Amber, and their family.
Also reaching out to the family was Morgan Miller, who lost her own child in an accidental drowning incident, last year. As Dearly reported, Miller and her husband former Olympian Bode Miller lost their daughter Emeline on June 10, 2018, when she slipped away from her mom’s watch and snuck into the pool area.
She said of that day:
“And, all of the sudden, it was just too quiet for me. We were mid-conversation, and I just stood up, and I turned, and I walked right to where the boys were, and I saidWhere’s Emmy?’ And before Nate could respond, I turned around the door that leads to the backyard — that was closed — had this tiny sliver of light coming through the side.”
Morgan wrote in response to Granger’s announcement:
My heart breaks. Another baby gone too soon.
She also encouraged parents to put their children in swim lesson while sharing a video of her youngest son during his own lessons.
It can truly happen to anyone. I urge you to make your babies safer. Sign them up for swim lessons!
Morgan has been using her and Emeline’s story to spread awareness in order to prevent more accidents like her’s and Smith’s family’s.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2005 to 2014, there were roughly 10 unintentional drowning incidents per day:
About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Smith family during this difficult time.