Granger Smith debuts new tattoo in honor of son River following his tragic drowning


Granger Smith is sporting some new ink in honor of his late son, River.

The country music star, 39, memorialized his 3-year-old son by getting River's name tattooed on his right forearm in black cursive script three weeks after the toddler died.

Smith debuted the new ink during his return to the stage at Chicago's Country LakeShake music festival Sunday, where he dedicated an emotional rendition of "Heaven Bound Balloons" to his son.

The "If the Boot Fits" singer announced on his Instagram account on June 6 that River died in a "tragic accident." His rep confirmed that he drowned at the family's home.

Smith also showed off his tribute tattoo Tuesday at the Dell Children's Medical Center, where Smith and wife Amber presented a check for more than $200,000 raised in honor of River with T-shirts.

"In our worst couple of days, you guys made us so comfortable, and I pray that no one else will have to go through what we've gone through," Amber said, while Smith added: "Let this be a small token of the gratitude that we've got for you guys."

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In a YouTube video published Tuesday, Smith revealed that this was the couple's first time returning to the hospital where River was treated before his death.

"This will be the first time that we go back, so that will be an emotional ordeal in itself, about being back in those halls," he said. "I'm a different person than I was a month ago, and I'll never be that person again."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Granger Smith debuts new tattoo in honor of son River following his tragic drowning


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