Pamela Connellan


Tragedy strikes Sharon Stone’s family

Tragedy strikes Sharon Stone’s family

Sharon Stone has revealed her 11-month old nephew and godson, River, has died only days after he was found in his crib with 'total organ failure' that left him clinging to life in a coma.

The Basic Instinct star, whose video tribute is set to Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven, revealed the tragic news on Monday via her Instagram account.

Stone took to her Instagram account, asking fans to pray for River saying he would need a ‘miracle’ to survive.

He was the youngest child of Stone's brother, Patrick, and his wife, Tasha, who live in Ohio with their three children.

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While sharing the news of his death, Stone posted a video of her nephew with the caption: 'River William Stone. Sept 8, 2020 - Aug 30, 2021'

It is still unknown at this time exactly what happened to the child and Stone has not yet shared any other information about his passing.

River’s mother posted a plea for prayers

River's mother Tasha also wrote an impassioned plea for prayers on her Facebook page last week, revealing that her son had been airlifted to UPMC Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh on Thursday, where he was fighting for his life in a coma.

Tasha wrote: 'This is the HARDEST thing I have ever had to post but I am BEGGING everyone and anyone who prays please pray HARD for River,' the devastated mother wrote. 'Every single second of this is literally killing me. I just want my sweet sweet boy back.'

She didn't share the cause of her son's condition but she said doctors had told her River would “never be the same” if he ever woke up from his coma.

'The doctor said if he does pull through he will never be the same,' Tasha wrote on her Facebook post: 'Please I am begging for prayers that my baby can be healed and come back with his family who love him so very much. I am beyond heartbroken.'

Neither Tasha or Patrick have commented as yet on their son's tragic passing, and no details about the causes of his illness have been shared.

Stone was in Venice when she heard about River

Stone was in Venice, Italy, when news of River's condition was revealed and she returned to the US over the weekend.

There are a number of severe medical conditions which can lead to multiple organ failure in children but the leading cause is sepsis, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Sepsis - which can be sparked by another infection in the body - is particularly dangerous for children, because the symptoms are more easily missed than they are in adult patients.

Birth defects and other undiagnosed illness can also lead to paediatric organ failure but it is not yet known whether any of these conditions caused River's severe illness.

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