Granger Smith has been making the headlines lately but not for what most singers want to be in the spotlight for, tragedy. It struck the Smith family earlier this month as every parent’s worst fear; their 3-year-old son River passed away due to a drowning accident.
— Granger Smith (@GrangerSmith) June 6, 2019
Granger announced the canceling of planned concerts after the incident and took to social media to explain. “Following a tragic accident, and despite doctor’s best efforts, he was unable to be revived,” Smith wrote. “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.”
Both Granger and Amber are so dedicated to their family. You can see this readily by watching how their video and social platforms encompass all aspects of the singer’s life. From family photos at Halloween to videos incorporating all 3 of their kids, to their latest video stream called “The Smiths.”
Granger did an article in PEOPLE magazine in August and talked a bit about the little ones cameo’s in his videos. “They’ve literally been watching mom and dad in these music videos since they were infants,” he told the outlet. “They’re willing, and they want to, and they always want to be with us. There they are, and hey, you know, it’s perfect. I guess it’s just who I am. Family is everything to me.”
Just this past week, Granger and Amber opened up about into what has been happening since the unforeseen tragedy struck their household. They made a tribute video to showcase just how adorable, lovable, and thoughtful their little River was. You are going to want tissue’s when you watch the home video. It’s heartbreaking.
In this video, it starts with them talking to the camera thanking all who have reached out and talking about how they will move forward. Granger includes “Love those close to you, soak up those moments, live for today, live in the present, because we’re not guaranteed tomorrow.”
He adds, “We’re gonna search for every bit of good we can find in this situation, the worst situation that we’ve been through, and we’re going to constantly search for ways that good will come out of this, and that’s my commitment to River’s legacy.”
He also talks about what happened on that awful day. He said he was in the yard with their seven-year-old daughter London while the boys were playing elsewhere. He said,” I remember looking at London and thinking, ‘Soak up this moment because it’s not going to last forever.’ Somewhere between 30 seconds and three minutes, we don’t know, Amber and I are inside our pool gate doing CPR on our son.”
He goes on to say the reason they’re doing the video is that they’re committed to each other, their family, and their faith. They also talked about how so many purchased the t-shirt in Rivers memory, and that proceeds will go to the Dell Children’s Medical Hospital along with all donations. You can find all of that information by clicking on River’s tribute shirt.
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