Luke Bryan Sends Prayers to Granger Smith after Tragic Drowning of His 3-Year-Old Son River

On Thursday, country singer Granger Smith shared with the world that he and his wife had lost their youngest son. The little boy died after a drowning accident.

Granger Smith, 39, revealed on Instagram that his son River Kelly Smith, 3, had died after being involved in a “tragic accident.” He shared the heartbreaking news by including a photo of himself holding his son while they laughed.

The country singer revealed after the drowning accident, “despite doctor's best efforts, he was unable to be revived." He also shared that he and his wife, Amber Emily Bartlett "made the decision" to "say our last goodbyes and donate his organs so that other children will be given a second chance at life."

Smith described his son as “special” and that he’d brought joy to their lives. The star stated: "Our family is devastated and heartbroken, but we take solace in knowing he is with his Heavenly Father.”

“Many prayers. So sorry.”

The musician also shared that “There has never been a more difficult moment for us than this.” He asked that “In lieu of flowers or gifts, please send donations to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name.”

The star ended his post by lauding “the doctors, nurses and staff” at the hospital. Fellow celebrities, mainly country music singers, were quick to offer their condolences and support in the comments section of the post.

Luke Bryan wrote: “Many prayers. So sorry.” While Kane Brown stated: “I’m here for you if you need anything at all bro just hit me up …”

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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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Last June, Morgan (a professional beach volleyball player) and Bode Miller’s (an Olympic skier) daughter Emeline Grier, 19-months-old, drowned in a pool by accident. Relating to Smith and Bartlett’s pain, Morgan sent her support to them.

Via her Instagram Stories on the same day, she reshared Smith’s photo of River and wrote: “My heart breaks. Another baby gone too soon.” In three days time, the Miller’s will be marking a year since they lost their baby girl.

Luke Bryan sends prayers to Granger Smith | Photo: Instagram/Granger Smith

Luke Bryan sends prayers to Granger Smith | Photo: Instagram/Granger Smith

A representative for Smith confirmed that River had, indeed, died due to a drowning accident at home. Smith and his wife are also parents to London Smith, 7, and Lincoln Monarch Smith, 5.

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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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A short while after her husband’s post, Bartlett also took to Instagram to share her grief and confirm the news in a lengthy post. In part, she wrote

"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."