Rickey Smiley and his family are in your prayers. The comedian is very sad because his oldest son, Brandon Smiley, died recently. On Sunday, January 29, he posted the sad news on Instagram as he was getting ready to catch a flight to Birmingham to be with his family.
“This morning, I got some bad news. I’m on my way to the airport so I can fly to Birmingham. I only ask that everyone pray for me and our family “In a video, Rickey said. “This morning, Brandon Smiley, my son, died.”
Rickey said, “I hate to tell you this, but I just want to tell you before you hear it on the street.” He then said, “I’m okay.” He kept going, “I just want my cousins and other family members to pray and stay strong. If they do that, I’ll be fine. Please pray for my son’s mother, his siblings, and everyone else who grew up with him.”
At one point, though, the father of four seemed to try to get himself together as he said, “Jesus, have mercy.” He also said that he couldn’t understand the pain that he has to feel.
Rickey didn’t say what happened to his son, but he did talk about a past family tragedy. He said, “Now I know what my grandfather went through and why he felt the way he did.” “My granddaddy went through this (expletive) with my dad, and for some reason, I’m going through the same thing. So please just pray for us.”
In the caption, the actor wrote, “This morning, I lost my oldest son, #BrandonSmiley. I’m fine, but please pray for Brenda, my son’s mom, his siblings, and Storm, his daughter.”
Since then, Rickey’s friends and fellow celebrities have sent him a lot of kind messages. Kandi Buruss had this to say about the video: “Oh no! I’m so sorry about what happened. I love you, and I’m going to pray for you.” Porsha Williams was shocked by the news, “Rickey, I’m so sorry!!! We love you and are praying for you!! May God comfort your whole family and loved ones during this time!!”
Mike Epps said, “Praying for you, Rick man,” in the comments section. Tamar Braxton also said, “I’m so sorry, friend,” and Niecy Nash said the same thing to Rickey. Jay Pharoah wrote, “My heart goes out to you and your family, brother. My condolences,” and musician Al B. Sure! wrote, “Sorry to hear this news, Brother Rickey.“
Rickey posted a mysterious message about going through hard times with God just hours before he told everyone that his son had died. “May your battles keep you close to the cross, and may your struggles show you that you need God,” it said. “May your battles end the way they should, and may your bad days show you that God is good.”