(FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Country music singer Granger Smith says that his youngest son has died after an unnamed "tragic" accident.
Smith announced on Instagram Thursday that doctors were unable to revive 3-year-old River Kelly Smith. The "Backroad Song" singer says his family was heartbroken, but took solace that River was with God.
"Riv was special," he wrote. "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."
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.
The family made the decision to donate River's organs to help save other children. In place of flowers, they have asked for donations to be made to Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
Smith, who is signed to Broken Bow Records, has released songs “If The Boot Fits,” ″Backroad Song” and “Happens Like That.” He and his wife, Amber, also have another son and a daughter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.