Rickey Smiley, a comedian, recently announced the death of his oldest son, Brandon Smiley, on Instagram. Rickey Smiley used his official Instagram account to inform his 3.8 million followers that his son had died.

In the caption, he wrote: “I lost my oldest son #BrandonSmiley this morning. I’m okay, but please pray for my son’s mother Brenda, his siblings and his daughter Storm.”

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In the video shared, Rickey Smiley said-  “I just want everybody to pray for me, pray for our family. My son, Brandon Smiley has passed away this morning. I’m about to go get on a flight and try to get to Birmingham. Lord have mercy, Jesus. Now I see what my granddaddy went through and why he felt the way he felt. My granddaddy went through this s**t with my dad and somehow, here I am going through the same thing my grandparents went through. So just pray for our family.”

Rickey Smiley did not mention the cause of his son’s death.

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Who was Brandon Smiley?

Brandon Smiley was an American actor and comedian Rickey Smiley and Brenda Smiley’s son. He was born the year 1991.  Brandon has three siblings, D’Essence Elizabeth, born in 1998, and Malik and Aaryn Smiley, born in 2002. Brandon Smiley passed away in 2023.

Brandon’s sister, Aaryn Smiley was the victim of a random act of gun violence in Houston, Texas. She and her boyfriend were on their way to a restaurant when an assailant opened fire.

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“The fact that the bullets that went through my legs were armored rifle bullets made to go through anything (how they got through the car) but the one that would have hit me in the head was not that kind and ended up lodged in the car. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to be alive right now,” Aaryn posted after the incident.