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Will Smith’s father, William Carroll Smith, dies

Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, lost an honorable man, husband and father who raised one of Hollywood’s and music’s biggest stars.

Mega actor Will Smith‘s father, Willard Carroll Smith, Sr., has died.

Smith’s ex-wife Sheree Fletcher, whom the actor was married to from 1992 to 1995, posted a tribute to her former father-in-law on Instagram Monday.

“We’re gonna miss you Daddio! You lived & played by your own rules…you truly were 1 of a kind!,” Fletcher writes. “You instilled discipline, and a work ethic that has created a legacy in your honor!”

She included a photo (see below) of Will and his father alongside her son with the actor, Trey, now 23.

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“Dad was tough but not tyrannical,” Smith reportedly once told Essence.


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