Will Smith‘s father, Willard Carroll Smith, Jr., has died, this according to his ex wife Sheree Fletcher, who posted a tribute to Will’s father on her IG account.
Will has said of his dad,
“Dad was tough, but not tyrannical,” he said, via Entertainment Tonight. “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’s dad, a refrigeration engineer, raised his four children in West Philadelphia along side his wife Caroline Bright, in the Baptist church.
Will Smith is set to release his upcoming film Collateral Beauty that ironically has to do with him closing himself off to the world after losing his daughter. To deal with the trauma that losing his daughter has brought to his life, Will’s character writes letters… and not letters to people, but things: Death, love, and time. Take a look: