“Our family is devastated and heartbroken, but we take solace in knowing he is with his Heavenly Father,” added the singer-songwriter, who is also dad to daughter London, 7, and son Lincoln Monarch, 5.
“Riv was special,” Smith remarked. “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.”Captioning a selfie with River, Amber Smith noted that “nothing can prepare a mother to deliver this kind of news.”
Granger Smith echoed the sentiment, saying, “If there are words to say more, I cannot find them in this moment.”
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the Smith family requested that those interested should "please send donations to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name.”Police in Austin, Texas, where the family lives, didn't respond to TODAY’s request for comment regarding the incident that resulted in River’s death.
Set up a "gratitude circle" every night at dinner. Go around the table and take turns talking about the various people who were generous and kind to each of you that day. It may sound corny, but it makes everyone feel good.