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Granger Smith’s Son’s Cause of Death Revealed

There are new details in the tragic death of Granger Smith and his wife Amber’s 3-year-old son, River.

The country star’s rep has confirmed to People that River “died in a tragic drowning accident at home.”

In the wake of the new information, professional beach volleyball star Morgan Miller shared her heartbreak over the tragedy on social media.

Morgan and her husband, Olympic skier Bode Miller, lost their 19-month-old daughter Emeline in a drowning accident last year.

She shared on Instagram Stories, “My heart breaks. Another baby gone too soon.”

The volleyball player added a reminder to all parents to “add layers of protection.” She suggested starting swim lessons young and investing in devices like the solar-powered CORAL Manta drowning detection system. “It can truly happen to anyone,” she said. “I urge you to make your babies safer.”

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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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On Thursday, Granger broke the “unthinkable”news on social media. He tweeted, “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… Our family is devastated and heartbroken, but we take solace in knowing he is with his Heavenly Father.”

Granger remembered his youngest son, writing, “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.”

Smith revealed that his son’s organs were donated “so other children will be given a second chance at life.”

In lieu of flowers or gifts, Granger is asking that donations be made to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name.

Smith ended his statement, stressing, “Love the ones close to you. There has never been a more difficult moment for us than this.”

Amber shared the same statement on Instagram, adding a pic of herself with River.

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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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Afterward, stars shared their condolences.

Jason Aldean wrote, "I can't imagine what y'all are going thru. Praying for u and ur family bother. We are heartbroken for u guys."

Luke Bryan shared, “Many prayers. So sorry,”

Maddie & Tae tweeted, “There are no words. We are praying for you and your family.”

Bailee Madison posted, “Praying for you and your family.”

Maren Morris sent the message, "I am so, so sorry. Thinking of you and your family at this time."

Kane Brown offered, “I’m here for you if you need anything at all bro just hit me up.”

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