Country star Granger Smith shares heartache as son, three, dies in accident
Country star Granger Smith has been left heartbroken after his three-year-old son died in a "tragic accident".
The singer confirmed the heartbreaking news on Instagram today.
Doctors fought to save his boy River Kelly's life, but sadly it was to no avail.
Granger and his wife Amber say they made the difficult decision to say their last goodbyes to their son and donate his organs to give other children a second chance at life.
He wrote in a heartfelt post: "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."
Granger shared a beautiful picture of him and River embracing in a sweet hug at the kitchen table as he told fans of his heartache.
He added: "The doctors, nurses and staff have been incredible."
Granger is also dad to son Lincoln Monarch, five, and daughter London, seven.
The family have asked for donations to the Dell Children's Medical Center to be made in River's name in lieu of flowers.
His fans expressed their sorrow.
One said: "Man. I don’t even know where to start. You and your family are in our prayers. I’m so sorry…"
Another commented: "I’m so sorry for you and your family’s loss.. sending love and prayers your way"
People also praised the couple for donating their son's organs.
One said: "If I could hug all of you right now, if I could take away even an ounce of pain you are feeling… Donating his organs is the most selfless and difficult decision a parent can make. I hope those receiving will feel his light, his incredible spirit, his energy, the view from his eyes, the breath from his lungs, the love from his heart, the incredible gift of life that he was to so many. Think of all those he is saving and the everlasting love found in your hearts because he was born."
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