Sharon Stone’s sister-in-law said “her heart was shattered into a million pieces” by the sudden death of her 11-month-old son in a touching tribute to Little River.
“God needed River in heaven,” Tasha Stone wrote on Facebook, “My days will never be the same, and I have no idea how I would live my life without the sweetest boy in the universe.
The tribute Monday was accompanied by a 55-second, tear-jerking video of River laughing and laughing before he was found unconscious in his crib late last week.
“All I can say is that I needed him here on Earth because my heart is broken into a million pieces,” she wrote.
River died August 30 after suffering total organ failure.
‘I am crushed. River William Stone, you were loved beyond measure. Leaving your hospital room today was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I will ALWAYS love you, my sweet baby boy,” wrote the tormented mother, who is married to the actress’ brother.
River was the youngest child of Stone’s younger brother Patrick and his wife, Tasha, who live in Ohio with their three children.
Tragedy: Sharon Stone has revealed her 11-month-old nephew River has passed away just days after being found in his crib with ‘total organ failure’
Heartbreaking: The 63-year-old actress last week shared a photo of the baby boy lying in a hospital bed in a tangle of wires and tubes, as she shared some details about his condition
Plea: Stone asked her fans and followers to pray for a miracle, explaining that he was suffering from total organ failure
The Basic Instinct star, whose video tribute was set for Eric Clapton’s Tears In Heaven, shared no other information about what exactly happened to River — after only revealing Friday that the youngster was suffering from “total organ failure” and a “miracle.” ‘ to survive.
‘My cousin and godson River Stone was found in his crib w[sic] total organ failure today. Please pray for him. We need a miracle,” she wrote at the time, posting an image of River lying in a hospital bed connected to numerous medical devices.
The actress was in Venice, Italy, when news of River’s condition was revealed – but she returned to the US over the weekend, when she was photographed at JFK airport
River’s mother Tasha also wrote a passionate plea for prayers on her Facebook page last week, revealing that her son was flown to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
“This is the HARDEST thing I’ve ever had to post, but I beg everyone and everyone who prays, pray HARD for River,” the devastated mother wrote.
“Every second of this literally kills me. I just want my sweet sweet boy back.’
Though she didn’t share the cause of her son’s condition, she said doctors told her River would “never be the same” if he ever woke up from his coma.
“The doctor said if he gets through it, he’ll never be the same,” she continued. “Please, I beg for prayer that my baby can be healed and come back with his family who love him so much. I’m devastated.’
Neither Tasha nor Patrick have yet commented on their son’s tragic passing and no details about the causes of his illness have been shared.
There are a number of serious medical conditions that can lead to multiple organ failure in children, but the main cause is sepsis, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
Sepsis – which can be caused by another infection in the body – is particularly dangerous for children, as the symptoms are more easily overlooked than in adult patients.
However, birth defects and other undiagnosed diseases can also lead to organ failure in children, and it is not yet known whether any of these conditions caused River’s serious disease.
DailyMail.com has contacted a spokesperson for Stone.
Stone, who revealed last year that her grandmother had died from complications related to COVID-19, was traveling in Italy when River was hospitalized
River’s mother Tasha revealed on Facebook last week that her son, who was born in September 2020, was in a coma after being taken by plane to a hospital in Pittsburgh.
UPMC Children’s Hospital is among the top ten pediatric hospitals in the country – and it has implemented the world’s first solid organ transplant programs for children.
Stone was inundated with condolences after sharing the news on Instagram, while actress Selma Blair simply wrote, “I’m so sorry. Sir.’
Meanwhile, Andie MacDowell offered her condolences, saying, “I’m so sorry, my lord.”
Will & Grace actor Sean Hayes added: “I’m sitting here in tears. I’m so sorry, Sharon. What a beautiful boy. I send all my love to you and your family.’
His former co-star Debra Messing also shared an expression of sympathy for Stone and her family, writing: ‘…I am in disbelief. Oh Sharon, there are no words other than I’m so sorry for the loss of your entire family. I pray for all of you at this unimaginable time.’
Stone was traveling in Italy when she revealed the news of her cousin’s devastating medical condition – after traveling to Venice to participate in a photo shoot for Dolce & Gabbana – but she returned to the US over the weekend, when she landed in the photo at JFK airport in New York.
River’s passing comes at a difficult time for the extended Stone family, who have seen several members contend with serious health issues in recent months, including cases of COVID-19.
Last year, a grieving stone revealed that her “adopted grandmother” Eileen Mitzman and her godmother had died of complications related to the virus.
Tasha, who is married to Stone’s younger brother Patrick, said on Facebook that doctors had warned her that River would “never be the same,” even if he went through his coma.
River was the youngest child of Sharon’s brother Patrick and his wife Tasha. The family lives in Ohio with their three children
The actress’s sister, Kelly, who has lupus, and her husband, Bruce, had also contracted the disease and had to “fight for their lives” before eventually recovering.
Speaking about her sister’s battle with the disease in an Instagram video shared in August 2020, Stone also shared that her mother, Dorothy, had suffered “two heart attacks” in the five months leading up to her post — and ” five stents’, which help to open the arteries and prevent blockages in the heart – and a pacemaker as a result.
It also appears River’s mother Tasha has struggled with health issues in recent months; comments left on her Facebook page in January suggest she had to undergo medical treatment that required time away from her family.
At the time, the mother of three revealed that she had returned home but had an IV in her arm and would be treated for several weeks with the help of a home nurse.
“I was able to come home with a powerglide IV port in my arm so I can continue to receive treatments at home from a home nurse for the next few weeks,” she wrote.
‘After that I switch to a pill form of the antibiotic. I’m just thankful to be back with my family.”