Michael Jai White Reveals His Son Died Of COVID-19

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 08: Michael Jai White attends the Tricky and Terk Visions presents The Annual Oscars Weekend "Influencers Brunch" held at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills on February 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images)

Michael Jai White Reveals His Son Died Of COVID-19

He was only 38 years old.

UPDATED ON : AUGUST 4, 2021 / 08:11 AM

Written by BET Staff

Michael Jai White revealed his eldest son died of the coronavirus “just a few months ago” at 38 years old.

In an interview with VladTV, the 53-year-old actor said his son, who he didn’t name, was born when he was 15 years old and they were extremely close having “grown up together.” He also said his son lived in a “street element,” which he thinks contributed to his death.

“Unfortunately, he was still kind of out there in the streets hustling, wasn’t doing well, started getting on substances. He’d come out, go back in, all that type of stuff,” White explained.

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White said he tried to help for his son but “ultimately, it’s up to that person, especially if somebody’s a grown person. He never shook the streets. That was his thing.”

White revealed his son was hospitalized and not vaccinated. He died in Connecticut.

His son was a father of six.

See the interview below:

(Photo: Michael Tran/Getty Images)


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