“He was an independent businessman-he set up refrigeration in supermarkets-and he always provided for us.” Will Smith
Our condolences go out deeply to Will Smith and his family on today. The actor’s father, Willard Carroll Smith, Jr., has passed away. The news was shared by Will’s ex wife, reality star, Sheree Fletcher.
This week, Sheree posted a vintage photo of Will, Will’s father and their son, Trey.
“We’re gonna miss you Daddio! You lived & played by your own rules…you truly were 1 of a kind!. You instilled discipline, and a work ethic that has created a legacy in your honor!”
At this time, Will Smith has not made any public comments and we are sure that this is simply a heavy time for him and his family to take in.
Will Smith previously told People Magazine that his father inspired him to be involved in his children’s lives.
“I look at my father and how he was able to keep four kids fed and clothed and still managed to find time to spend with us,” Will said.
Smith grew up with his dad, the owner of a refrigeration firm, mom Caroline, and three siblings in West Philadelphia.
“In west Philadelphia born and raised…On the playground was where I spent most of my days…”
We remember the actor highlighting how he grew up in the hit television theme song for Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.
His father had a major influence in his life. According to an Essence interview, Will Smith explained what his father was like. “Dad was tough but not tyrannical,” Smith told Essence. “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.”
We hope that the Smith family can continue to stand strong after such a tough lost for the actor and his children.
Our condolences to them.