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Granger Smith’s 3-Year-Old Son’s Cause of Death Confirmed

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Granger Smith’s 3-year-old son River Kelly Smith’s cause of death was confirmed by his representative late Thursday.

Smith initially only said River died from a “tragic accident.” However, his rep later told PEOPLE that River “died in a tragic drowning accident at home.”

The Williamson County, Texas Sheriff Department declined to comment on the matter, however, Radar Online reports the department said their EMS and fire unit were called to a home on Wednesday night.

Country music singer Granger Smith and his wife, Amber, are hoping something good can come from their tragedy.

The couple donated over $200,000 to Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, in their son River’s memory. “This is just the beginning,” Granger said while presenting a check for $218,791 to the hospital. “Let this be a small token of the gratitude that we’ve got for you guys.” The couple made tribute t-shirts in honor of their son and donated all the proceeds to the hospital.

Smith shared the sad news on his social media pages, alongside a photo of himself with his youngest son.

“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,” Smith wrote.

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Smith also asked fans to donate to the hospital where River was treated, the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, instead of sending flowers.

“The doctors, nurses and staff have been incredible,” Smith wrote at the end of his message.

Smith and his wife, Amber Emily Bartlett, have two other children, daughter London, 7, and son Lincoln, 5.

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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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