It is with heavy hearts that we must report the tragic news that Grayson Arroyo-Smiley, son of Real Housewives of Orange County alum Slade Smiley, has passed away at the age of 22. In this blog post, we will provide a summary of the heartbreaking story and pay tribute to the young life lost too soon.
Grayson’s mother, Michelle Arroyo, confirmed the news of her son’s passing via social media on Tuesday, February 7. A cause of death has not been revealed, but according to Arroyo’s support website, Grayson was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2006 — just three days after his sixth birthday. Despite his diagnosis, Grayson managed to stay positive and find joy in the small things.
Following the news, Smiley’s fiancée and fellow RHOC alum Gretchen Rossi honored Grayson with a touching tribute. She referred to him as an “angel on earth” and “an incredible warrior” who was “always singing, dancing, and laughing despite his circumstances”.
We send our deepest condolences to the Smiley and Arroyo families during this difficult time. Grayson was an inspiration to us all and will be deeply missed. We hope that his memory will live on and that his family and friends will find peace in the knowledge that he is now in a better place.