Sad News: Will Smith’s Father Passed Away

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24:  Actor Will Smith attends the Warner Bros. Pictures' "Focus" premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 24, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Sad News: Will Smith’s Father Passed Away

See his ex-wife’s touching tribute.

Published November 8, 2016

Say a prayer for Will Smith and his family.

The superstar recently lost his father, Willard Smith Sr., his ex-wife Sheree Fletcher revealed in an emotional Instagram post on Monday.

In the post, which contained a throwback image of Smith, his father and their son, Trey, Fletcher writes, “We're gonna miss you Daddio! You lived & played by your own truly were 1 of a kind!”

Smith has spoken highly of his father, who was once a Philadelphia engineer, in previous interviews, saying that "he kept me in line. He'd get this look that said, 'One more step, Will, and it'll get ugly.' He was an independent businessman — he set up refrigeration in supermarkets — and he always provided for us. He's a steady and positive figure in my life."

Will Smith, Sr. during LIVE 8 - Philadelphia - Will Smith Celebrates LIVE 8 With a Pre-Launch Party at 23rd Street Armory in Philadelphia, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

Our thoughts are with the actor and his family.

Written by Diego Jones

(Photo from top: Jason Merritt/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)


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