Granger Smith Loses Youngest Son, Donates His Organs

By Pacey on June 6, 2019
Granger Smith, River Smith, Amber Smith, Dell Children’s Medical Center, Earl Dibbles Jr.
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Such heartbreaking news. We knew that he had to cancel his show tonight in the Kansas City area, but nobody really knew why, just that there was an accident. We found out today that he lost his youngest son. He made the statement on Inagram earlier today. He mentions in the post that he donated his son’s organs to science so that other children may have a chance to live.



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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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