Will Smith’s father Willard Carroll Smith Sr has died.
The 48-year-old actor’s ex-wife Sheree Fletcher – who he was married to from 1992 to 1995 – confirmed the passing of Willard Carroll Smith, Sr., on Monday. Posting a picture of Will and his father along with Will and Sheree’s son Trey, 23, she paid a touching tribute, while Will is yet to confirm the news himself. She wrote on Instagram:
‘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!’
The picture shows Hollywood actor Will on the right of his father, and 23-year-old Trey in the middle. Willard was a refrigeration engineer and a former member of the US Air Force.
In the book Will Smith: A Biography, it claims Will’s dad put him off doing drugs when he was younger by driving him to tough neighborhoods in Philadelphia to show him what it was like for people on such substances.