When news broke that Granger Smith’s three-year-old son, River, had died after a drowning accident at the family’s home, a ripple of heartbreak spread through the country music community who was deep in the throes of CMA Music Festival. Behind the scenes, it was obvious that the family was in everyone’s thoughts and prayers, and Florida Georgia Line reached out to the Smith family through social media.
In a video posted to their Instagram page, Tyler, who is the father of one and is expecting his second soon, said, “Hey, what’s up, Granger, fam. We just want to make a quick video and show some love. We heard the devastating news and, honestly, our hearts have been heavy, ur thoughts have been with you guys ever since. We don’t have any words to say except we love you guys, we’re praying for you guys and we can’t even imagine what you guys are going through right now. But know that your boys love you. You have an amazing country music family and community to lean on, so please do that. We love you so much, we love your family, and we’re here for you.”
Brian added, “Love you brother, love y’all. Lots of prayers.”
Both Granger and his wife, Amber, shared the news on their socials on June 6 that their son, River Kelly Smith, had passed in a tragic accident. Of course, multiple country stars including Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Kane Brown, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Dan + Shay, Cole Swindell, Lauren Alaina and many more commented with their prayers for the family, reinforcing exactly what FGL had expressed so beautifully.
We add our sympathies to the rest of the country music community.
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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.