Tragic Cause of Death Confirmed for Country Singer Granger Smith's 3-Yr-Old

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June 06, 2019Jun 06, 2019

Hours after the tragic news broke that country singer Granger Smith's son had passed away, his representative shared the sad cause of death. The "Backroad Song" singer's son River Kelly Smith passed away after drowning.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Smith’s rep confirmed that River’s on Thursday was due to drowning in a pool. River “died in a tragic drowning accident at home,” a rep for Smith tells PEOPLE in a statement.

The Williamson County Sheriff Department declined to comment on the incident.

Smith shared the news on social media. He had been scheduled to appear at a concert in Kansas City on Thursday.

Smith revealed the "unthinkable news" on social media. He and his wife, Amber, chose to donate River’s 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.”

He did not share the situation that led to his death. The couple asked people send donations to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name in lieu of flowers.

His wife Amber also shared a statement on her Instagram. She revealed her sorrow at the loss.

"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."

She continued, "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."

This is such a tragic loss for their family. Please join us in praying for them in their sorrow.