Granger Smith Recalls His 3-Year-Old Son River's Tragic Death a Year after the Tragedy

A year after the death of Granger Smith's 3-year-old son, the songwriter has opened up about his experience so far.

River Kelly Smith passed away in a drowning accident a year ago and Granger Smith has revealed how he has dealt with the incident. During an interview with People, the singer-songwriter said that: 

“I feel like I've died. It's not a bad thing that that 'me' died. In fact, I think it's all good. It's only good.”

Granger Smith and Amber Smith visit Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas on June 25, 2019 in Austin, Texas | Photo: Getty Images

Granger Smith and Amber Smith visit Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas on June 25, 2019 in Austin, Texas | Photo: Getty Images

It would be recalled that on the evening of the incident that claimed his son’s life, Granger was playing with River and his siblings — London and Lincoln Monarch Smith — in their home’s yard.

Granger and his wife, {Amber Smith} have continued to find solace in the fact that they got to spend three years with River.

As he turned to pay attention to Lincoln and London, Granger never imagined that his son would break down the locked pool gate and go into the water.

That day, the “If the Boot Fits” crooner learned that children could drown in less than 30 seconds and that a second lock on the gate would have helped prevent his son from drowning. In a different interview with Today, Granger’s wife, Amber Smith, said:

“It’s just so fast, and it’s so quiet. It’s not like you see in the movies, splashing around. It’s just silent.”

Granger, who is yet to forgive himself for not paying better attention to his late son, has allowed the incident to transform his life and music to some degree.

According to ABC News, people who have listened to his 2019 single, “That’s Why I Love Dirt Roads,” can already note a change in the singer-songwriter’s tone and style.

The change of style is expected to continue in his upcoming musical project, which will be released in September. Granger and his wife, have continued to find solace in the fact that they got to spend three years with River.

USA Today reported that almost two weeks after his passing, Amber and Granger sat down an interview that highlighted how they were pulling through the experience.

During the YouTube session, Granger revealed that he planned to honor his late son’s memory by finding  “every bit of good we can find in this situation, the worst situation we have ever been through.” May River continue to Rest In Peace.

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