Country Star Granger Smith's 3-Year-old Son River Dies After 'Tragic Accident'

"There has never been a more difficult moment for us than this."

UPDATE 3:13 a.m. PT on 6/7/2019

It is now known how River Kelly Smith died. "I can confirm that it was a tragic drowning at home," a rep told Us Magazine Thursday night.

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Granger Smith's three-year-old Son has died.

The country star and his actress wife Amber Emily Bartlett broke the tragic news on Thursday via Instagram.

"I have to deliver unthinkable news. We've lost our youngest son, River Kelly Smith," the 39-year-old wrote in a heartbreaking post. "Following a tragic accident, and despite doctor's best efforts, he was unable to be revived."

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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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Granger did not reveal the nature of the accident that claimed the life of their youngest child, who had celebrated his birthday just three weeks earlier.

"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," he wrote. "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."

The couple each shared a pic of themselves with the adorable youngster, who leaves behind an older brother Lincoln, five, and sister London, seven.

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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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The couple asked that in lieu of flowers or gifts, to please send donations to Dell Children's Medical Center in River's name, where "the doctors, nurses and staff have been incredible."

The "Backroad Song" singer and "Dallas" star have been married since 2010.

Dozens of Granger's fellow country stars, including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, Maren Morris, Morgan Evans and Carly Pearce, shared their condolences on his Instagram page. See their comments below:

  • Luke Bryan: Many prayers. So sorry
  • Jake Owen: Man I’m am so sorry to hear this for you and your family. You are such a great, hardworking, kind human being and I know how much your family means to you. Wow. I can’t imagine what y’all are going through. Prayers to you and your family.
  • Jason Aldean: I cant imagine what y’all are going thru. Praying for u and ur family brother. We are heartbroken for u guys.
  • Maren Morris: I am so, so sorry. Thinking of you and your family at this time.
  • Kane Brown: I’m here for you if you need anything at all bro just hit me up
  • Cole Swindell: Love you brother.
  • Dan and Shay: Heartbroken for you and your family. Sending all the love.
  • Lauren Alaina: I am so, so sorry. We will make a donation in his honor and will encourage our friends to do the same. Sending all my live and prayers.
  • Carly Pearce: Granger I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
  • Dustin Lynch: Sending my love to y’all
  • Morgan Evans: So so sorry. Love to you all ...
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