Who Was Grayson Smiley and What Led to His Untimely Passing?
On Tuesday evening, it came to light that Slade Smiley’s son, Grayson Smiley, had passed away on Sunday at the age of 22.
Grayson’s mother and Slade’s ex, Michelle Arroyo, announced his death on Instagram.
“I’m heartbroken to share that my sweet Gray passed away Sunday night. It was very unexpected,” Michelle wrote. “I’m still in shock and going through the motions of dealing with all the details. I know Gray is playing cards with Gramma and playing Trouble with our beloved Diane. His dog Mo is right at his side as he never left him.”
Then Gretchen Rossi penned a tribute to her stepson on behalf of herself and her longtime partner Slade.
The Real Housewives of Orange County alum called Grayson’s passing an “unbearable” loss for their family.
“Our rational minds told us this day might come, but our hearts always held onto the hope that this day would not come to fruition,” Gretchen wrote alongside several photos of Grayson and Slade.
“We are beyond devastated and heartbroken over the loss of Gray. Grayson Arroyo-Smiley was such a special human being. He was an Angel on this earth and an incredible warrior…a warrior like no one has ever seen before. He fought every day through his pain and discomfort to find joy in the smallest of things. He was always singing & dancing & laughing despite his circumstances,” she continued.
Gretchen went on to call Grayson a “true beacon of light and hope,” noting that “he made an incredible impact on so many people.”
“The Lord knew his life had purpose and would touch many along the way. We are forever grateful for the many lessons learned from this little man and will miss his beautiful spirit immensely,” she added before concluding, “This isn’t goodbye but rather see you soon, little man…..We love you, Grayson. You will forever be in our hearts.”
Our hearts are broken for Grayson’s family. Sending our condolences to Grayson’s entire family. May he rest in peace.
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