Dierks Bentley Dedicates Song to Granger Smith after the Drowning of His 3-Year-Old Son
After the terrible news of the death of Granger Smith's 3-year-old son was revealed last week, celebrities from the entertainment world have found a way to express their grief and sorrow over the boy's death.
Dierks Bentley dedicated part of his presentation at the CMA Fest to Smith. Bentley took the stage at the event in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, and before star singing his song "I Hold On" took a minute to pay tribute to Smith’s son. "He's going through a tough time right now," Bentley said, according to multiple reports.
"I have to deliver unthinkable news," Smith captioned an Instagram photo of himself hugging the toddler. "We've lost our youngest son, River Kelly Smith. Following a tragic accident, and despite the 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." wrote Granger.
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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.
Amber Smith, Granger's wife, also wrote in her account "Nothing can prepare a mother to deliver this kind of news," accompanied by her husband's words. A reporter had shared the reason for the death: an unfortunate accident in the pool of the family home.
Smith also thanked the doctors, nurses, and staff at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, and asked fans to make a donation to the hospital in River's name.
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The personalities from the entertainment world didn’t stop sending words of affection and messages of condolences to the family, in the publication of the announcement of the terrible and devastating news.
"I can’t imagine what y'all are going thru. Praying for u [sic] and ur [sic] family brother. We are heartbroken for u guys," Jason Aldean wrote. Maren Morris added: "I am so, so sorry. Thinking of you and your family at this time."
Morgan Miller is sending love to country star Granger Smith too. The professional beach volleyball star took to her Instagram Stories on Thursday to send her condolences to Granger, whose 3-year-old son, River Kelly Smith, drowned in a pool accident at home.
Morgan can relate completely to Granger’s situation as her daughter, Emeline Grier (who she shared with husband Bode Miller), tragically died from drowning in a pool last June when she was just over a year old.
"There has never been a more difficult moment for us than this."— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 7, 2019
Devastating news from country music singer Granger Smith – he revealed that his 3-year-old son drowned in the family’s backyard swimming pool. pic.twitter.com/QYBaekVuX7
"My heart breaks," wrote Morgan, who is also mom to sons Nash, 4, and Easton, 8 months old, with Bode. "Another baby gone too soon", she said.
Granger and Amanda were married in February 2010 and are the parents of a 7-year-old girl named London, and a 5-year-old boy named Lincoln.