Country music star Granger Smith shared that surrendering to God “saved” his life after the tragic loss of his 3-year-old son River.
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In an interview with Fox News, Smith recalled his son’s shocking death following an accident in the family’s pool in 2019.
“He drowned at our home, in our home pool, and I was there,” the singer said. “I was 15 feet away from this. I was doing gymnastics with my daughter, and River was playing water gun fight with our son, Lincoln. And somehow he got into our gated locked pool. Within seconds, right behind me while I was doing gymnastics with our daughter, he was in the pool and had inhaled water. Became unconscious. When I pulled him out, I didn’t know CPR, besides what I had seen in the movies, and we lived out in the country. So, it took paramedics 10 minutes to get there.”
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Smith added that his son passed away the next day.
“That’s too long to go without oxygen to his little brain, and it ended up being irreversible,” Smith recalled. “The damage to his brain ended up killing him the next day. The months and years following were that were rock bottom for me.”
The performer of the hit “Backroad Song” said after the accident, he tried everything he could do in his own power to heal, but it did not work.
“River was 3 years old, and we went down a journey that I thought I could fix on my own with self-help and self-improvement and exercise and positivity and visualization, meditation and devotionals,” he said. “I thought I could just mend it, fix it and move on, and I couldn’t.”
The singer said that surrendering to God was the only thing that allowed him to find joy after the accident. Smith used his story to encourage others to rely on God during difficult times.
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“Once we know that, then we could stop saying ‘Why, God, why did you do this to me?’ ‘Why would a good God allow this to happen?’ Instead, we could then say, ‘What God? What are you trying to show me in this? What do I need to learn from this? To be closer to you. To understand you better. To help serve others around me. What do I need to know?’”
Smith and his wife Amber have three other children, London, 11, Lincoln, 8 and a 1-year-old boy named Maverick, who was born 2 years after the loss of River.