Hillary Clinton’s Family Struck By Tragedy

Hillary Clinton is mourning the death of a beloved family member this week.

The former first lady of the United States and Democratic presidential candidate took to Twitter to announce that her youngest brother, Tony Rodham, passed away.

The politician did not divulge the details surrounding Rodham’s cause of death, but she did reveal that he died on Friday, June 7. He was 54 years old.

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“It’s hard to find words, my mind is flooded with memories of him today,” Clinton wrote. “When he walked into a room he’d light it up with laughter.

The 71-year-old former secretary of state described her brother as “kind” and “generous.” She added, “We’ll miss him very much.”

Rodham was part of the Democratic National Committee that helped Clinton with her 2008 political campaigns. While he didn’t play a significant role in Clinton’s 2016 campaign, he made a few appearances alongside his sister. He also held a variety of jobs over the year, including working as an insurance salesman, prison guard, private detective and repo man.

Rodham, along with his older brother Hugh, made headlines in the late 90s when they became involved in shady international business dealings. The brothers planned to export hazelnuts from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia in partnership with a political rival of then-Gerogian and Clinton ally President Eduard Shevarnadze.

In 1999, the White House released a statement, clarifying that the government of the United States is not affiliated with the business venture.

“If in fact this project is still going forward, we don’t approve and will continue to make clear to Georgian officials that this venture has no connection with or sanction from the U.S. government,” White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said at the time.

Shortly after the controversy, Rodham revealed that having a sister and brother-in-law in the position of power was bittersweet.  

“It can go both ways,” Rodham said. “There’s some wonderful things that have happened to me because of my relationship with Hillary and Bill, and there’s been some really terrible things that have happened to me.”

As for his personal life, Chicago-born Rodham married Nicole Boxer, the daughter of former U.S. senator Barbara Boxer, at the White House in 1994. Unfortunately, their marriage ended in divorce seven years later. The pair had one son, Zachary.

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In 2005, Rodham wed Megan Madden. The couple eventually welcomed two children, Simon and Fiona.

Rodham is survived by his wife, children and siblings.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Country Singer Announces Death Of 3-Year-Old-Son

The country music world got heartbreaking news today, when newcomer Granger Smith announced that this three-year-old son, River passed away in a “tragic accident.” Smith and his wife both posted the same announcement via their Instagram accounts.

Instagram – Granger Smith

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.

Instagram – Amber Smith

Though Smith didn’t say what the “accident” was, the Williamson County Police Department told Radar that their EMS and Fire Unit responded to a medical emergency call on June 5, a day before the announcement was made on Instagram.

Instagram – Amber Smith

Smith and his wife, Amber, were married in 2010 and are also parents to London, 7, and Lincoln, 5. Countless country superstars reached out on social media to share their condolences.

“I’m so sorry. Sending love to you and your family,” Cassadee Pope wrote.

“I cant imagine what y’all are going thru. Praying for u [sic] and ur [sic] family brother. We are heartbroken for u guys,” Jason Aldean shared.

“I am so, so sorry. Thinking of you and your family at this time,” Maren Morris wrote.

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“I’m here for you if you need anything at all bro just hit me up,” fellow newcomer Kane Brown said.

“I am so, so sorry,” American Idol alumnus Lauren Alaina wrote. “We will make a donation in his honor and will encourage our friends to do the same. Sending all my live [sic] and prayers.”

“Man I’m am [sic] so sorry to hear this for you and your family,” Jake Owen said. “You are such a great, hardworking, kind human being and I know how much your family means to you. Wow. I can’t imagine what y’all are going through. Prayers to you and your family.”

Instagram – Amber Smith

“I am so heartbroken,” RaeLynn expressed. “I am praying for you and your family in this time. I just can’t imagine the pain your heart is feeling. Praying for peace over you!”

“Love you guys bro,” Russell Dickerson wrote. “Praying for God’s amazing peace like only he can bring. Love y’all so much buddy.”

Instagram – Amber Smith

It’s hard to fathom losing a child, especially at such a young age, and I only hope the family can find the peace they’re looking for in this time.