Rickey Smiley broke the news on Sunday that his oldest child, son Brandon, passed away at the age of 32. The comedian shared a video on Instagram over the weekend from an airport, captioning it, “I lost my oldest son #BrandonSmiley this morning.”
The 54-year-old actor said, “I’m good, but please pray for my son’s mother Brenda, his brothers, and his daughter Storm.” The video shows Smiley saying he is “on the road to… Birmingham” to attend his son’s funeral.
Though he did not discuss the circumstances of Brandon’s death, “Ricky Smiley Morning Show” presenter Rick Giraldo said he now knows what his grandpa felt like when he lost a kid. The funny man sent a prayer request on Instagram.
Now I understand… why he felt that way,” Rickey said. The same crap happened to my granddaddy and my dad, and now it’s happening to me. Please say some prayers for us.
The reality star’s daughter, Aaryn, was shot numerous times at a red light in a road rage incident two years prior to the news. After the incident in July 2020, the “Ricky Smiley For Real” star informed his YouTube viewers, “Today might have been different.” To this day, my daughter is a walking miracle.
Later the same month, Aaryn opened up on her dad’s program about how she dealt with the aftermath of the random shooting.
The state of Alabama was home to Brandon.
At the time of his death, Brandon was apparently residing in Birmingham, Alabama. After Brandon’s death, Rickey indicated in his video that he was flying to Birmingham from Atlanta. Rickey’s hometown is Birmingham, Alabama.
Brenda is the name of his mother.
Rickey said of Brandon’s mom, “please pray for my son’s mother Brenda” as he broke the news of his death. Brenda Morris, reportedly Brandon’s mom, married Brandon’s dad Rickey while she was just a teenager. Rickey and Brenda, who were married for 12 years and had four children together, apparently split up.
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Paul then asked for prayers for his son’s mother and his son’s siblings.
Finally, I understand what my grandfather went through and why he had those feelings. My granddaddy went through this s–t with my dad, and now here I am, living it vicariously via them. Put our family in your prayers, please. It was clear that Brandon was continuing the family tradition.
In addition to acting, he was a stand-up comedian. Storm, a 3-year-old daughter, is the only member of his family he is leaving behind. Rickey has become well-known thanks to his three television series: The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Dish Nation on Fox, and The Rickey Smiley Show on TV One.
Nearly the course of his over two-decade-long career in comedy and television, he has won several awards, most recently the Marconi Award for Syndicated Personality of the Year in 2017. However, being a parent and role model to many has been one of his most significant roles.
There’s a charity I started called Front Row Kids. At the age of six, I watched my father be laid to rest. I felt for a lot of youngsters in the church and in the community who had to bury a parent,” he told the women of The Real in 2015.
He said that his biological kids had to make sacrifices so he could stand up in that way. Since I’m a boater and my boys and I enjoy fishing, we take a lot of those youngsters out on boating outings.
What I really want to say is how grateful I am to my boys for welcoming other children into their hearts and homes. We may have had as many as 15 children, though! Rickey has not been shy about sharing heartbreaking information about his children in the past.
He said that his daughter Aaryn had been killed in a shooting in 2020 when she waited at a red light in Houston. Rickey was obviously traumatized, but thankfully she made it through the terrifying ordeal.
I’m attempting to pack my bags. Need help deciding what to go in the bag. Irrational thinking is taking over. I’ve got a case of the jitters and a tummy full of butterflies,” he said. My daughter is in surgery. You just cannot reach her. What should I do? We must put an end to gun violence.
This isn’t fair to put on parents. Now he has to deal with hearing such devastating news regarding Brandon. We hope that Rickey and his loved ones are surrounded by those who can help them through this unimaginable tragedy.