This is news we never hope to have to share. We're so sad to announce the Granger Smith's youngest son, River Kelly Smith has died. Granger shared the news on Instagram about an hour ago. The post reads in part:

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.

 

Granger Smith holds a very special place in the Treasure Valley's heart, and I know I speak for all of us...we're praying for strength and peace for Granger, his wife, and their family during this unthinkable time.

 


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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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Granger is one of the coolest, down to earth country stars you'll ever meet.  You can see that when he played Family Feud "Idaho Style" with Rick and Carly last year.  God bless the entire Smith family!