River Kelly Smith Biography
River Kelly Smith was born in 2017 to Granger Smith, and his wife, Amber Bartlett. The country music star said in a post on his Twitter page on June 6th around 2 p.m. Easter time that his son had died.2 p.m. The singer described the news as “unthinkable” and said that his son passed away following a “tragic accident.” Despite the efforts of doctors, River Kelly Smith, who just turned 3, Smith and his wife made the heartbreaking decision to turn off life support.
Amber Bartlett & Granger Smith
Smith married his wife in February 2011. She gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter named London, in October 2011. The couple’s first son, Lincoln, was born in January 2014. River Kelly Smith was the couple’s youngest child, he was born on May 16, 2016.
In the wake of the tragedy, Smith, a native of Dallas, announced that his June 6 concert in Kansas City has been canceled.
I am still in just complete shock about the news of little River Kelly Smith.. Praying hard tonight for the entire Smith family and #YeeYeeNation. Everybody, go show family or whoever you love some love. We are never promised tomorrow. Fly high River this ones for you buddy. ??
— Andrew kraft (@Andrewkraft10) June 7, 2019
In August 2018, Smith told Taste of Country that he was planning to spend more time at home to help his wife with the kids. Smith said, “I’m trying to learn to slow down. It’s an art to learn how to slow down. I’m going to do a lot of school deliveries and pickups in the fall.” When asked about how his wife coped at home while he was on the road, Smith said, “She’s slammed at home with three little kids and schools and activities and all that, so she’s doing her best. She does go out when she has time, and she’ll take an audition or she’ll take a reading somewhere and she’s doing commercials. She loves doing them because they are a quick shoot and good money. She does have big dreams.”
River Kelly Smith Appeared in his Father’s Music Video
Smith had River, and his wife, on set for his music video, Happens Like That, which was released in 2017. Smith told CMT about the video saying, “This has been the most extensive music video I’ve done, and we’ve done a lot of them. We shot the video in a massive cornfield and a silo and it gives the video this mysterious tone. TK had a vision that the imagery would be kind of like a memory and these lightning strikes make time pass through these stages of life and love. It was amazing to have my beautiful wife Amber and my son, River, on set. My three kids have now all made cameos in my videos.”
Country singer Granger Smith announced on Thursday his 3-year-old son, River Kelly Smith, recently died in a “tragic accident.” https://t.co/boAguvMJho
— KFOR (@kfor) June 7, 2019
River Kelly Smith Organs to be Donated
The country music star said that his son’s organs will be donated to “give other children will be given a second chance at life.” Smith referred to his son as “Riv” and said that everyone who met his child “knew” that he was special. Smith said that his family was “devastated and heartbroken.”
In a separate message on her Instagram page, Smith’s wife, Amber wrote, “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.” Bartlett also posted the same message as her husband.
@GrangerSmith I’ve just heard your tragic news and the only words I can find, is I’m so terribly sad for your family. You will forever have an Angel looking over you. Remember River Kelly Smith
— ForensicGirl (@Roswi1423) June 7, 2019
River Kelly Smith Death and Cause
Rivel Kelly passed on on June 6th following an accident that led to him being put in a Life Support machine. His father, country music star, Granger Smith said in a post on his Twitter page on June 6th around 2 p.m. Easter time that his son had died.2 p.m
— Granger Smith (@GrangerSmith) June 6, 2019
Smith shared the ‘unthinkable’ news on Twitter and Instagram and said that ‘despite doctor’s best efforts’ River Kelly ‘was unable to be revived’ following the ‘tragic accident’ at their home in Georgetown, Texas.
If the Boot Fits singer said he and wife Amber ‘made the decision to say our last goodbyes and donate his organs so that other children will be given a second chance at life’.
(NASHVILLE) — Country singer Granger Smith says that his youngest son, River Kelly Smith, has died after an undisclosed accident.
While the “Backroad Song” singer didn’t share many details about his son’s “tragic accident,” a rep for the country star confirmed River’s cause of death to People. The 3-year-old “died in a tragic drowning accident at home,” a rep told the publication in a statement.
In Granger’s heartbreaking announcement, he shared that he and his wife Amber Bartlett “made the decision to say our last goodbyes and donate his organs so that other children will be given a second chance at life.”
TRAGIC LOSS: “I have to deliver unthinkable news,” he said. “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.” https://t.co/VPQVGb20Zd
— KWTX News 10 (@kwtx) June 6, 2019
Country music star Granger Smith of Georgetown shared some heartbreaking news to his social media followers Thursday afternoon.
River Kelly Smith, his three-year-old son, has passed away suddenly. https://t.co/NUyHQRApYL
— KCEN News (@KCENNews) June 6, 2019
HEARTBREAKING: Texas country music star Granger Smith shared some heartbreaking news with his social media followers Thursday afternoon. River Kelly Smith, his 3-year-old son, suddenly passed away. https://t.co/HB47eHOXim
— KYTX CBS19 (@kytxcbs19) June 6, 2019
Fast Fact You Need to Know
- The singer shared the ‘unthinkable’ news on Twitter and Instagram hours earlier
- He said he and his wife Amber ‘made the decision to say our last goodbyes’
- Riv’s organs will now be donated to help others get ‘a second chance at life’
- ‘Our family is devastated and heartbroken’, Smith wrote to fans
- The family have asked that in lieu of flowers or gifts people send donations to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name
- The announcement was met with an outpouring of support from fellow country stars including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris and Kane Brown